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Two days later, on Tuesday, the church feast day of St. Joseph, there will be his installation Mass, a morning-long affair, with much pomp, prayers and VIPs in the pews, with as many as some 200 foreign delegations expected as well as hundreds of thousands of rank-and-file, including many from the pope’s homeland — in this case Argentina.
That ceremony is traditionally held on Sunday, when the city’s streets can be closed to traffic near the Vatican. But St. Joseph’s feast day is a Vatican holiday, and it’s likely many Romans will skip work or school to turn out for the formal embrace of Rome’s new bishop.
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