Solemn Inauguration Sunday for Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2005 ( The newly elected Pope Benedict XVI will preside over the solemn Mass of inauguration of his pontificate this coming Sunday at 10 a.m.

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In a statement, Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro Valls also revealed that, at the end of the conclave, the new Pope, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, “decided to dine this evening with the cardinals in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he will stay tonight.”

At 9 a.m. Wednesday the new Holy Father will preside over a Eucharistic concelebration with cardinals in the Sistine Chapel, added Navarro Valls. He said that the Pope “will deliver the homily in Latin.”

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