PM announces Governor General to attend papal inauguration ceremony in Vatican City

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will travel to Vatican City to attend the Mass celebrating the inauguration of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis. 

His Holiness Pope Francis was chosen as Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, the 265th Successor of Peter, on March 13, 2013.  His Holiness is the first Jesuit pope, and the first pope from the Americas.

The Mass will take place on March 19, 2013 at St. Peter’s Basilica.

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