Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was introduced to the public after being elected Pope Francis.
In the waning hours of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI held his final general audience in St. Peter's Square Wednesday.
Tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict XVI's final audience before his resignation. The Pope spoke in English, and asked Catholics to pray for both him and the new Pope. (Feb. 27)
Take a look back at the career of Pope Benedict XVI, who announced Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28.
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Millions of devout Hindus are plunging into the cold waters of the Ganges River, India's holy river, in a ritual that the faithful believe washes away their sins. More than 11 million people were expected to take the ritual washing by then end of one day.
The new moon heralds the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, prayer and charitable giving for Muslims worldwide.