ROME (CNN) – It’s official. Pope Francis is the new bishop of Rome.
The Sunday ritual completes the 76-year-old’s inauguration as pontiff.
Before the ceremony, thousands of the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s square.
The ritual was simple and to the point, much different than his predecessors.
To begin the ceremony he arrived a half hour early to honor the late Pope John Paul II.
Francis blessed a white stone plaque and renamed a corner outside of the church “Giovanni Paul II Square” after the pope who died in 2005.
In his weekly blessing, the pope told the crowds “don’t be afraid to be Christians.”