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Pope urges return to Gospel roots

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 01:07

March 14 - Pope Francis delivered his first mass in Italian and without notes, a stark contrast to Pope Benedict who read his out in Latin. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Pope Francis wasted no time settling into his new role as head of the Roman Catholic Church. Delivering his first mass inside the Sistine Chapel, his homily was simple --- He urged cardinals to stick to their Gospel roots, shun modern temptations. If they didn't, he warned the church would fail at its true mission. SOUNDBITE: Pope Francis saying (Italian) "We can walk all we want, we can build many things, but if we don't proclaim Jesus Christ, something is wrong. We would become a compassionate NGO." Speaking in Italian and without notes, his approach had the homespun quality of a sermon from a parish priest. It was a stark contrast to his predecessor Pope Benedict who read his out in Latin. Outside, hundreds gathered in St. Peter's Square for a glimpse of the new pope in action.

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Pope urges return to Gospel roots

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 01:07