D.C. Catholics Celebrate Inauguration of Pope Francis
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Catholics in Washington attended a local Mass to celebrate the installation of Pope Francis.
The Rev. Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Washington, held a Mass at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew’s Cathedral.
Earlier in the day, Pope Francis held his inaugural Mass as pontiff at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican where he received his papal vestments and his “fisherman’s ring,” which is cast in gold for each pope. It’s meant as a reminder that St. Peter was a fisherman.
Washington’s archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, took part in the conclave to elect Pope Francis last week and attended the Mass at the Vatican.
Local Catholics are being asked to pray for the new pope and for Wuerl.
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