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Pope Francis has quiet day today

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 9:55am

VATICAN CITY (CNN) -- After the pomp and activities surrounding his election as pontiff, Pope Francis may get his first quiet day Friday when he meets with familiar faces -- all the cardinals.

The meeting in the late morning is the only event on his calendar for the day.

He can likely use some rest before Tuesday, when St. Peter's Square will again bustle with followers and admirers for the official Mass to inaugurate him as the Bishop of Rome.

It is fitting that the church picked the day to anoint Francis as the Holy Father of the Catholic Church. It is the day that Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph to honor Jesus' father on Earth, the carpenter Joseph.

It also happens to be Father's Day in Italy. Anyone is allowed to attend, no reservation required. The square is expected to fill to capacity again with as many as 100,000 onlookers.

Friday's gathering will give the new pontiff a chance to catch up with the cardinals who were not eligible to vote in the conclave -- those age 80 or older. That's nearly half of all cardinals.

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