On Tuesday, March 19, Pope Francis will participate in his inauguration Mass.
If he hasn't been inaugurated, is he pope yet?
If he is pope, why is this called is "inauguration" Mass?
Here are 9 things you need to know.
1. Is Pope Francis already Pope, if he isn't "inaugurated"?
Yes. According to the Code of Canon Law:
Can. 332 §1. The Roman Pontiff obtains full and supreme power in the Church by his acceptance of legitimate election together with episcopal consecration. Therefore, a person elected to the supreme pontificate who is marked with episcopal character obtains this power from the moment of acceptance. If the person elected lacks episcopal character, however, he...READ MORE