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Cardinal Vincent celebrates Mass to mark one year of Pope Francis

On 18 March, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, celebrated Mass at Westminster Cathedral to mark the one year anniversary of the election and inauguration of Pope Francis.

In his homily Cardinal Vincent reflected on Pope Francis’s election, the excitement and unknowing which surrounded that evening and the impact his example has had on the Church in the world during such a short space of time. Cardinal Nichols also reflected on Pope Francis’s request that people pray for him:

“In all that has happened in his Pontificate, this has remained constant. Pray for him this evening.”

Pope Francis was elected as Bishop of Rome on the evening of the 13 March. He was inaugurated on 19 March in the presence of over 150,000 people and official delegations from 132 countries. 

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