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Pope visits pope emeritus prior to another pope’s canonization

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

St. Pope Paul VI (as of Sunday) was the pope who made Ratzinger a cardinal

Pope Francis visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI this evening, hours before one of their predecessors, Paul VI, will be canonized a saint.

The Holy See reported that Francis went to visit Benedict in the Vatican monastery where he has stayed since his retirement.

Pope Paul VI was the pope that made Joseph Ratzinger a cardinal. It was Pope Montini’s last consistory, in 1977.

It was Benedict who recognized the heroic virtue of his predecessor in 2012.

One of the few public appearances of Benedict’s retirement was at Paul VI’s beatification in 2014.

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