Francis prays before St Peter's tomb
Religious celebration begins19 March, 09:39
The Piscatory ring of the papal office was waiting for Francis after this. Francis, formerly Jorge Mario Bergoglio, chose a model of Piscatory ring made of gold-plated silver designed by the late Enrico Manfrini, who died in 2004.
The Piscatory ring, or Ring of the Fisherman, is typically cast in gold for each pope.
The fact that Francis chose to have a silver ring has been seen by many as a sign that he is aiming to be a "pope of the poor".
The ring depicts St. Peter fishing from the side of a boat.
It served as the official signet to seal papal documents until 1842.