March 18 - Pope Francis thanks Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for her gift as security officers take positions all around the Vatican ahead of his inaugural mass. Deborah Gembara reports.
In Italy, they're rolling out the red carpet as world leaders including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden begin arriving for Pope Francis' inaugural mass. Vatican Communications Advisor Greg Burke SOUNDBITE: Vatican Communications Advisor Greg Burke Saying: "We are probably going to see crowds somewhat like when Pope John Paul II died, huge things, but the really interesting thing will be the people we don't see; all those people in Latin America getting up at five in the morning to watch it on television" Those who did venture out in soaking rains for a peek at St. Peter's Square did so under the watchful eyes of security officers positioned all around. Inside the Vatican, Pope Francis received a taste of home from President Cristina Fernandez --- mate, the traditional South American drink and a cup to drink it with. Tension about gay marriage --- specifically the pope's criticism of her support of it, were set aside --- as the new pontiff thanked her for the gift. Prompting Fernandez to say "I've never been kissed by a Pope before." The Vatican is bracing for an estimated one million visitors including 150 diplomatic delegations for the Pope's inaugural mass.