KAKE | Wichita, Kansas | News, Weather, & Sports

St. Peter's fills for Pope Francis installation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

March 19, 2013

Thousands of people are pouring into St. Peter's Square to witness the official start of the papacy of the first pope from the New World.

The blue and white flags from Pope Francis' native Argentina fluttered Tuesday above the crowd that Italian media estimate could reach 1 million. Emergency crews set up barricades for nearly a mile (two kilometers) along the main boulevard leading to the square to control the masses.

The installation Mass is simpler than the 2005 ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI in keeping with Francis' style, but still grand enough to draw 132 official delegations and religious leaders from around the world, including the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians who is attending for the first time since the two branches of Christianity split 1,000 years ago.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 198909491 - kake.com/a?a=198909491