Pope Meets Pope Emeritus – a First in Catholic History

by Steve Ray on March 26, 2013

At this link, there are the first videos of the historic meeting. The first shows the helicopter landing and the first embarce of the two men: 


(The first embrace of Pope Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict, shortly after noon today in the Vatican Gardens at Castel Gandolfo, about 20 miles outside of Rome. Pope Francis had just arrived by helicopter from the Vatican. Emeritus Pope Benedict, wearing a light jacket against the cold, came out of the Palace to greet him upon his arrival)

(The two men, before their private conversation, pray side by side in the chapel inside the Palace at Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Popes, and, since February 28, the date he stepped down from the papacy, the residence of Emeritus Pope Benedict)

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Caleb March 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Thanks for posting a link to the video. It was really moving to see their humility by praying together, especially when Benedict ask Pope Francis to use the Pope kneeler and Francis seem to tell him that both can use the kneeler.

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