Top-level delegations from 180 countries will attend the enthronement of Pope Francis I, scheduled to take place on March 19 at the Vatican. The ceremony is to be attended by Royals from Britain, Spain and Belgium.

The US will be represented by Vice-President Joe Biden, Argentina - by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Brazil - by head of state Dilma Rusef. The Russian delegation at the inauguration of the new Pope will be headed by State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin.

Pope Francis said that he has decided that the heads of the various Vatican offices will keep their jobs for now, but he’s not making any definitive appointments.

Francis wants "a certain period for reflection, prayer and dialogue before [making] any definitive nomination or confirmation," the Vatican statement said.

The official Mass to inaugurate Francis as the bishop of Rome - and leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics - takes place on Tuesday.

On March 20 Pope Francis will meet the representatives of other Christian churches. Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church are among them.(AP)

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