Pope Francis uses a tablet to send a tweet with members of Scholas Occurentes Argentina at the Vatican today, the first anniversary of his inauguration. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters.

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Vatican ambassador to Nicaragua Fortunatus Nwachukwu applauds as he watches a local television channel in Managua announce the election of Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters

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Then  Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio giving a Mass outside the San Cayetano church in Buenos Aires, in 2009.   Photograph:Natacha Pisarenko

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President Michael D. Higgins wished Pope Francis well in his pontificate. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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