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Pope Francis’ inauguration address: “Protect each other”

Pope Francis vowed to serve “the poorest, the weakest, the least important” in his inauguration address at the Vatican on Tuesday, setting the tone for a papacy that many Catholics already view as defined by humility and public service.

The new pontiff called on "all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life" to “not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world” and for ordinary people to become the protectors of humanity:

It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God's creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it.

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