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COPY-Pope Francis officially installed as leader of Catholic Church

VATICAN CITY (WKOW) -- Pope Francis was joined by thousands of supporters Tuesday as he was officially named the 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

In his first homily as Pontiff, Pope Francis urged listeners to protect God's creation and spoke about the need to protect the environment.

He was interrupted by applause several times during his address, including when he said we must serve one another with love and tenderness and not allow "omens of destruction," hatred, envy and pride to "defile our lives."

Francis said the pope "must open his arms to protect all of God's people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."

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