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In pictures: Benedict XVI's inauguration
A German flag flies across the piazza of St Peter's in the Vatican
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About 350,000 people gathered in St Peter's Square to watch the Mass in which Pope Benedict XVI was inaugurated.
A crowd of people from Bavaria wave a flag in St Peter's Square, Vatican
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Some 100,000 Germans - many in traditional costume - came to see the first German Pope in almost 1,000 years.
Spain's King Carlos kisses the hand of a US cardinal, while Queen Sofia looks on.
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Heads of state, including King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, were there along with religious leaders.
A Swiss Guard at the Vatican talks to a man in traditional Bavarian costume
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The ceremony combined ancient Vatican ritual with modern communication and was watched around the world.
Pope and cardinals in St Peter's
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The investiture began inside the magnificent Basilica where Benedict XVI prayed at St Peter's tomb.
Cardinals from around the world watch as Pope Benedict makes his way towards the altar
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The cardinals who helped choose the new Pope welcomed his pledge to lead them and the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict XVI approaches the altar
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Pope Benedict said he did not feel alone in his task to shepherd his flock of 1.1 billion Catholics.
Pope Benedict greets the crowds in St Peter's Basilica and the square from the altar
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He used his homily to appeal to young people, telling them not to be afraid of faith.
Mass on St Peter's Basilica steps
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In a scene reminiscent of Pope John Paul II's funeral, an altar was set up on the steps of St Peter's.
Pope in car
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After the service the Pope took to his new vehicle to get closer to the gathered crowds.
Crowds take photos of Pope Benedict XVI
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After the Mass, delighted pilgrims clamoured to get a photograph of the new Pope.
Georg Ratzinger and Pope
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The Pope's older brother Georg was one of the many joining the congregation.


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