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New pope aims to open up a "horizon of hope"

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Up to 200,000 people attended today's installation Mass for Pope Francis in Vatican City. In his homily, the new pontiff asked people to protect the environment and the weakest and the poorest, and he said a little bit of tenderness can "open up a horizon of hope.''  

Francis told the crowd that it is the role of the Pope to protect all of humanity specifically the "the poorest, the weakest and the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment of love: the hungry, the thirst, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and those in prison."

The 76-year-old new Pope noted the "darkness' that surrounds society today saying "we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others."

Rhode Island State Representative Jim Langevin attended the investiture of Pope Francis. Langevin was also present at the investiture of Pope Benedict XVI.

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