Pope Francis delivers a special Urbi et Orbi blessing in an empty Saint Peter's Square, praying for the end of the coronavirus pandemic and offering a plenary indulgence to repentant sinners before San Marcello al Corso's miraculous crucifix, which was moved from its original church in Rome two days ago.
Pope Francis creates 19 new cardinals in a ceremony at St Peter's Basilica in Rome. In addition, the Pope emeritus Benedict XVI makes his first public appearance at the Vatican since his resignation in 2013.
Hundreds of thousands of people attend the papal inauguration ceremony for Pope Francis in Rome's Saint Peter's Square. [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-world-europe-21839069 (BBC)] [http:--www.straitstimes.com-breaking-news-world-story-pope-francis-set-grandiose-inauguration-mass-20130319 (AFP via "Straits Times")]date=August 2019
At a Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter's Square, Rome, Pope Benedict XVI tells tens of thousands of people about the recent "petty gossip" he has been subjected to, thought to mean the child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, though he fails to directly mention the scandal.