Show tenderness, pope urges at installation Mass

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After yesterday's drenching, wind-swept rain, Brother Sun emerged gloriously today to shine on the Mass of Installation of Francis as Bishop of Rome.

The joyful throngs swept well beyond Piazza San Pietro to stretch along the Via della Conciliazione almost to the Tiber.

It was particularly appropriate, said the pope, that his installation take place on the feast of St. Joseph, patron of the universal church, since his own Petrine ministry embraced a care for the church universal.