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.