Six days after Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the new head of the Catholic Church, the newly dubbed Pope Francis was formally installed as the church’s next pontiff. Addressing thousands of people at his inauguration mass at the Vatican, the first Latin American pope delivered a homily on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the new pope by the Papal conclave on Wednesday. His selected name: Pope Francis. He is the first Jesuit to become pope.
After meeting to discuss issues, the Catholic Church’s cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday afternoon to elect a new pope. Meanwhile, near the Pantheon in Rome, the tailors at Gammarelli will make preparations of their own.
For 200 years, the ecclesiastical tailors have been creating garb for bishops, cardinals, pontiffs and priests. As Catholics await the announcement of the Vatican’s next leader, Gammarelli is expected to be already creating papal garb — in small, medium and large sizes so whoever is chosen will get the right fit.
March 1 Photo Brief: Australian air show, Egyptian Harlem Shake, panda specimens and Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza
The Royal Australian Air Force draws 180,000 patrons to the Australian International Airshow, Egyptian activists perform the “Harlem Shake” in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, the Shanghai Nature museum prepares panda specimens, Cirque du Soleil’s “Kooza” hits Madrid and more in today’s daily brief.
Sometime in March – Vatican rules seem to indicate March 15 – an estimated 115 Catholic cardinals will enter the Sistine Chapel to deliberate and elect the next head of the Roman Catholic Church. The proceedings of this papal conclave will be kept secret while crowds gather outside awaiting the announcement of the 266th pontiff. To get a better idea of the proceedings, take a look at these photos from the election of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
Feb. 27 Photo Brief: Prince Harry in Lesotho, Paris fashion, Rosa Parks statue unveiled, world’s oldest person, British pub cat, the Pope says goodbye
Prince Harry in Lesotho, Paris fashion, Rosa Parks statue unveiled, world’s oldest person, British pub cat, Pope Benedict XVI’s final audience, Macedonia flooding and more in today’s daily brief.
Masses of pilgrims queued to enter St. Peter’s Square to hear Pope Benedict XVI’s final weekly public audience in Vatican City, Vatican on Wednesday. The Pontiff attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. The weekly event, which would normally be held in a vast auditorium in winter, was moved outdoors to St. Peter’s Square so more people can attend. Pope Benedict XVI had been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements.
Feb. 24 Photo Brief: Pope’s last public blessings, Daytona International Speedway crash, topless feminists protest against Berlusconi
Pope Benedict’s last public blessings before he resigns, race carries on after Daytona International Speedway crash, topless feminists protest against former Prime Minister Berlusconi and more in today’s daily brief. | Attention: Several photos might depict injury or death.
Feb. 20 Photo Brief: Fashion Week in Milan, London and Madrid, Taylor Swift at the Brit awards, Arizona snow, mass funeral in Quetta, continued violence in Syria
Fashion Week in Milan, London and Madrid, Taylor Swift performs at the Brit awards, Arizona snow suspends golf tournament, mass funeral in Quetta, continued violence in Syria and more in today’s daily brief.
Feb. 19 Photo Brief: The royal baby bump debuts, Oscar Pistorius in court, Nice carnival, blindfolded styling, Sydney Doll Hospital
Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge debuts the royal baby bump, Oscar Pistorius appears in court, a Ukrainian stylist cuts hair blindfolded, the Sydney Doll Hospital celebrates 100 years in business and more in today’s daily brief.