NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Pope Francis held his first formal Sunday Mass from St. Peter’s but will not be formally installed until later this week.
Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, will be leading the U.S. delegation to the Vatican to watch the investiture ceremony.
New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith will be leading the 10-member House delegation bound for Vatican City for the historic ceremony. Smith has called the new pontiff holy and wise ahead of his trip abroad.
“It’s an honor and it’s a privilege and I am grateful to Speaker [John] Boehner for tasking me to do this,” Rep. Smith told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.