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Installation Mass set for Pope Francis

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An installation Mass will be held Tuesday for the newly elected Pope Francis.

Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected pope on March 13, just a day into the conclave.

During Tuesday's installation Mass, Pope Francis will receive the simplest ring of several options afforded to him. The ring is gold-plated silver and known as the fisherman's ring. It shows St. Peter holding the keys of the Holy See.

He will also keep the coat of arms he had as archbishop, but with the addition of a gilded miter and crossed gold and silver keys around it. The shield has a star, a grape-like plant, and a monogram of Christ in the center of a sun. The three symbols represent Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Pope Francis will also adopt the motto "Miserando atque eligendo," or "Having had mercy, he called him." The phrase comes from a scene in the Gospel where Christ picks someone that seems to be unworthy to follow him.

WREX will carry the installation Mass live on our CW station, 13.2, or 14 on Charter and Comcast. Programming will begin just before 3:00 a.m. with Pope Francis' procession throughout the city. Mass is scheduled to begin at 3:30 a.m. and could last two to three hours.

For more information on Pope Francis and his election, click here.

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