19 Mar '13, 3pm

At inauguration, #PopeFrancis makes call to protect the environment and the world's poor.

At inauguration, #PopeFrancis makes call to protect the environment and the world's poor.

At his inauguration on Monday, newly elected Pope Francis made a call to protect the environment and the world's poor. Addressing a crowd in St. Peter's Square estimated at between 150,000 and 200,000 people, Pope Francis said "I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment," according to NBC News . According to the Catholic News Service , Pope Francis urged people to be tender and compassionate to others, saying that quiet compassion is a sign of strength. "In the Gospels," he said during his homily, "St. Joseph appears as a strong and courageous man, a working man, yet in his heart we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak, but rath...

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