Baroness Warsi said:
“It’s an honour to represent the UK government at the inauguration of Pope Francis and a privilege to witness first-hand this historic event.
“All the eyes of the world will be on Vatican City today as up to a million people flock to see Pope Francis installed as the 266th Pontiff.
“This is a hugely significant moment for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, and many more people of all faiths and none.
“Just over one year ago, I led the UK’s largest ministerial delegation to the Holy See alongside the Archbishop of Westminster to further our vital relationship.
“Not only do 10% of Britons identify themselves as Catholics, but the Holy See is our oldest diplomatic relationship, and we work together on numerous areas including development, disarmament and protecting the role of faith in society.
“The UK government warmly welcomes Pope Francis and wishes him the very best as he embarks on his pontificate.”