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Pope Francis to Pope Benedict: "We are brothers"

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 01:14

March 23 - Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict used the same bench to pray after Pope Francis refused to take the position of honor, saying ''We are brothers.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis flew to the papal summer retreat south of Rome on Saturday (March 23) to visit his predecessor Benedict, who resigned last month. Francis, who was elected on March 13, arrived by helicopter at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo for a meeting and lunch with Benedict, who has been living here since he abdicated on February 28. Footage released by the Vatican showed the two men, both dressed in nearly identical white clerical garb, including white skull caps, embracing shortly after the helicopter landed at the large estate. As they got into the car to take them to the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis took the right-hand seat, traditionally reserved for the pope, while pope emeritus Benedict took the left-hand seat. The pontiff and Benedict later prayed together in a chapel and held 45 minutes of private talks ahead of a lunch. In the chapel, the pope emeritus offered the place of honor, a kneeler before the altar, to Pope Francis, who instead responded: "We are brothers" and wanted them to share the same kneeler. After the prayer, the pair went to the library for a private meeting. It is the library where the pope normally receives important guests at Castel Gandolfo. Benedict, who became the first pope in 600 years to resign instead of ruling for life, is temporarily living in the residence in the Alban Hills. He will move back to the Vatican after the restoration of a convent where he is expected to live for the rest of his life.

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Pope Francis to Pope Benedict: "We are brothers"

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 01:14