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Francis visited Benedict for Christmas



This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI during a meeting with newly nominated cardinals after a consistory on November 19, 2016 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO

I.Media - published on 12/27/17

Pope and pope emeritus enjoy 30-minute visit
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Pope Francis visited his predecessor on the Thursday before Christmas, stopping in to bring his Christmas greetings to Benedict XVI in his home at the Mater Ecclesiae convent.

The Vatican press office reported about the visit on Tuesday.

The pope and pope emeritus prayed together briefly and then visited for about a half hour, the press office said.

Francis visits Benedict at least at Christmas and Easter, and also accompanies the new cardinals when they go to visit the retired pope after receiving their red hats.

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