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Pope Francis' formal installation mass held
Pope Francis, 76, formally took over the charge of Rome's St John Lateran basilica on April 7 in a function that was marked by a ceremonial mass. He was taken around the square in front of the basilica in an open car with pilgrims and visitors chanting: Long live the Pope!

Earlier during the day, the Pope spoke to around one lakh pilgrims in St Peter's Square during his traditional weekly blessings. He urged the faithful to evangelize by telling them to have the courage to go out and proclaim the risen Christ.

The Pope smiled at people, kissed children and waved to the faithful before the mass inside the basilica. In his homily, the Pope said, "God always waits for us, even when we have left him behind…We hear many offers from the world around us but let us take up God's offer instead."

"God's patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life," the Pope added.

According to the Vatican Information Service, blessing the gathering, the pope ended his homily with the following words: "Buona sera! I thank you so much for your company in today's Mass. Thank you so much! I ask you to pray for me. I need it. Don't forget this. Thanks to all of you! And let us all go forward together, the people and the Bishop, all together, going forward always in the joy of the Resurrection of Jesus. He is always at our side. May God bless you! Many thanks! See you soon!"

Here are some selected one-liners from the text of the Pope's homily released by the Vatican Information Service.

- God’s love for us is so great, so deep; it is an unfailing love, one which always takes us by the hand and supports us, lifts us up and leads us on.

- Let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God!

- God is never far from us, and if we return to him, he is ready to embrace us.

- God responds to our weakness by his patience, and this is the reason for our confidence, our hope.

- God’s patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life.

- For God, we are not numbers, we are important, indeed we are the most important thing to him; even if we are sinners, we are what is closest to his heart.

- Let us be enveloped by the mercy of God; let us trust in his patience, which always gives us more time.

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