Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
BERLIN

Merkel 'excited' by Pope Francis' inauguration Mass

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Berlin, March 19 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel
on Tuesday expressed her ''joy'' at attending Pope Francis'
inauguration Mass and said she hoped his simplicity would impact
not just Christians but people of all faiths.
''It was a great joy for me to be here today and take part
as Chancellor in the pope's installment,'' she said.
''It was very exciting, just as the first few days of his
pontificate were very exciting. Today the homily was also very
direct and aimed at ordinary people in a language that was
simple and easy to understand,'' Merkel added.
''I hope this might have an impact not just on Catholic
Christians, but on Christianity throughout the world and on the
role of religions. I believe that the notion of charity, which
has had a central role over the last few days, is very important
for everyone, over and above their particular religion,'' the
German chancellor concluded.
On Tuesday delegations representing 132 countries gathered
in St Peter's Basilica to attend the inauguration mass of
Argentine Pope Francis, a Jesuit, who was elected to succeed
Benedict XVI at a conclave of cardinals last week.

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