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Pope receives gift ahead of inaugural mass

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 01:30

March 18 - Pope Francis thanks Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for her gift as security officers take positions all around the Vatican ahead of his inaugural mass. Deborah Gembara reports.

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In Italy, they're rolling out the red carpet as world leaders including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden begin arriving for Pope Francis' inaugural mass. Vatican Communications Advisor Greg Burke SOUNDBITE: Vatican Communications Advisor Greg Burke Saying: "We are probably going to see crowds somewhat like when Pope John Paul II died, huge things, but the really interesting thing will be the people we don't see; all those people in Latin America getting up at five in the morning to watch it on television" Those who did venture out in soaking rains for a peek at St. Peter's Square did so under the watchful eyes of security officers positioned all around. Inside the Vatican, Pope Francis received a taste of home from President Cristina Fernandez --- mate, the traditional South American drink and a cup to drink it with. Tension about gay marriage --- specifically the pope's criticism of her support of it, were set aside --- as the new pontiff thanked her for the gift. Prompting Fernandez to say "I've never been kissed by a Pope before." The Vatican is bracing for an estimated one million visitors including 150 diplomatic delegations for the Pope's inaugural mass.

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Pope receives gift ahead of inaugural mass

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 01:30