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Pope Francis to begin second day with cardinal talks

'Informal' gathering at Vatican

Pope Francis to begin second day with cardinal talks

Vatican City, March 15 - Pope Francis will begin his second day as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics with an informal meeting with cardinals at the Vatican's Clementine Hall on Friday. "No speeches are expected," according to Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi. "It's an opportunity to greet one another". On Thursday, Francis led the cardinals in a mass celebrating Mary at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore St Mary Major), the Roman cathedral dedicated to the mother of Christ. He said the Church risked becoming "an NGO" if it did not keep following the message of Christ and told Argentine would-be pilgrims to stay at home and give the money they would have spent on a trip to Rome to charity. The next event on Francis's schedule is a meeting with the media at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall at 11:00 Italian time on Saturday. He will give his first Angelus address on Sunday. On Tuesday, the inaugural mass of Francis's papacy will start at 9:30 local time and it will take place in St Peter's Square, weather permitting, Lombardi said. The spokesman added that the general audience of the pope, which usually takes place Wednesday, will not be held next week because the faithful will have the opportunity to greet Francis at the inaugural mass.

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