When the two popes met

The two were dressed in white, with Pope Francis wearing a cape and sash.

Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

Vatican City:

Pope Francis yesterday met his predecessor Benedict XVI for the first time after his election as a pope.

The pontiff traveled to Castel Gandolfo to lunch with Benedict.

The two popes embraced on the helipad when Francis’ helicopter arrived, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said on Vatican Radio.

The two were dressed in white, with Pope Francis wearing a cape and sash to distinguish himself from Benedict, who wore a simple white cassock.

When the duo went to the chapel, Lombardi said Benedict offered Francis the traditional kneeler used by the pope, but Francis wanted the pair to kneel together on the same pew, saying, “We are brothers.”

The private meeting lasted about 45 minutes, said Lombardi, who called it a “moment of profound and elevated communion.”

Lombardi said he understood Benedict repeated his pledge of obedience to Francis on Saturday.

Asked how the popes addressed one another, Lombardi said he didn’t think they addressed one another as “Your Holiness” or “Pope,” saying the exchange was too familiar and warm for such titles.

Outside the villa, the main piazza of Castel Gandolfo was packed with well-wishers chanting “Francesco! Francesco!”

Pope Francis and the emeritus pope have spoken over phone several times since the former’s election.

The Vatican has attempted to downplay the meeting: It didn’t provide live coverage of the event and only provided a few photos of the meeting.

Source: usatoday.com

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Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI

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1 Comment

  1. March 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    For goodness sake Pope Francis is not some cockroach or frog in a science lab class; let us stop dissecting every move he makes and jumping to our own inane conclusions; I know the media loves to exaggerate even the smallest item; that’s how they sell. Please let the Pope do whatever he thinks fit at the moment; I am sick of this invasion of the poor simple man’s privacy; what purpose does it serve ???

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