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« Reply #100 on: March 13, 2013, 03:23:24 PM »

Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina!!!

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« Reply #101 on: March 14, 2013, 01:24:18 PM »

Grace-land requested we start a new thread for Pope Francis.   Please use the new thread for discussion, posting news articles and photos in regard to Pope Francis.   The thread we are currently in, "Pope Benedict RESIGNING" will continue to be open for discussion of  his holiness Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

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« Reply #102 on: March 20, 2013, 08:17:18 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/20/pope_francis_calls_benedict_to_wish_him_happy_feast_day/en1-675035

2013-03-20 08:55:46
Pope Francis calls Benedict to wish him happy feast day

Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called Emeritus Pope Benedict to wish him a happy St. Joseph’s feast day March 19th. The Argentine Pope, who placed the call to his German predecessor Joseph Ratzinger shortly after 5:00 pm Rome time Tuesday, once again expressed gratitude to the emeritus pope for his long time service to the Church. The two enjoyed a lengthy and cordial conversation. Since his resignation February 28, Emeritus Pope Benedict has been staying at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, in the Rome countryside until restoration work on his new residence in the Vatican is completed. Benedict has followed with “intense participation” the events of these days, particularly Tuesday morning’s installation liturgy.  ::snipping2::
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« Reply #103 on: April 12, 2013, 01:47:42 AM »

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=17555

Pope-emeritus Benedict in rapid physical decline? Vatican denies report
April 10, 2013

The physical health of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI is rapidly deteriorating, according to a Spanish reporter. The Vatican has denied the report.

Paloma Gomez Borrero of El Mundo said that Benedict is suffering from “something very serious.” The Spanish journalist did not name any specific disease, or cite any evidence aside from the frailty that was evident to observers when Benedict met with Pope Francis at Castel Gandolfo on March 23.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, denied that the former Pope is suffering from any particular illness. His physical ailments, Father Lombardi said, are “those connected with age.”

Pope-emeritus Benedict has lost a significant amount of weight in recent weeks. He walks with increasing difficulty, reportedly has nearly lost vision in one eye, and has a history of cardiac problems. Nevertheless the Vatican has said that Benedict does not have any immediate life-threatening illness.   ::snipping2::
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« Reply #104 on: April 15, 2013, 10:06:38 PM »

Happy 86th Birthday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI 

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http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-turns-86-years-old-first-birthday-as-pope-emeritus-english-9778.html#.UWyqfL4o7IU

Benedict XVI turns 86 years old, first birthday as Pope emeritus
2013-04-15 18:21:00

April 15, 2013. (Romereports.com) One more candle on the birthday cake for Benedict XVI, and for the first time as Pope emeritus. He celebrates his 86th birthday in the intimacy of Castel Gandolfo. Eight years ago, on April 16, 2005, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger turned 78 just two days before the start of of the conclave where he was elected Pope. 

During his pontificate, he celebrated seven birthdays with two concerts and Bavarian folk dances, but always working. In fact, in 2006, his first year as Pope, his birthday coincided with the Easter Sunday, where he asked for peace in Africa, Iraq, Israel and Palestine.

In  2007, Benedict XVI celebrated his 80 years at the tune of classical music. The Stuttgart Radio Symphonic Orchestra from Germany performed a concert for him at Paul VI Hall.

BENEDICT XVI
“At the end of this stupendous concert, which the Radio Symphonic Orchestra of Stuttgart gave us and elevated our spirits, I wish above all to greet all of you very cordially.”

One year later, in 2008 he packed his bags for the United States. In the morning of his birthday he met with President George W. Bush at the White House, and in the afternoon, with American bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
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« Reply #105 on: April 16, 2013, 01:30:08 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/16/portrait_of_pope-emeritus_benedict_xvi_unveiled_on_his_birthday/en1-683225

2013-04-16 11:33:08
Portrait of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI unveiled on his birthday



(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI is celebrating his 86th birthday on Tuesday. The German Embassy to the Holy See will be hosting a party which will unveil a new portrait of the former pontiff painted by German artist Michael Triegel, who is known as “Papstmaler”, or “Pope Painter”. The painting is on permanent loan to the Embassy.  ::snipping2::
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« Reply #106 on: April 21, 2013, 02:20:13 PM »

Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/today-marks-eight-year-anniversary-of-benedict-xvi-election-english-9817.html#.UXQi4b4o7IU

Today marks eight year anniversary of Benedict XVI election
2013-04-19  13:09:51

April 19, 2013. (Romereports.com) (-ONLY VIDEO-) On April 19, 2005, at 4:50PM white smoke billowed out of the chimney perched atop the Sistine Chapel. Cardinals had chosen Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope.   

About an hour alter, he stepped out into the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square, and the world met the man who would take over for John Paul II, Benedict XVI.   

It has been eight years now since that election. Ratzinger, who had just turned 78, took over the reins of the Catholic Church. He would preside over an intellectual pontificate, embedded with a deep theological perspective.  ::snipping2::
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« Reply #107 on: April 21, 2013, 02:28:41 PM »

http://catholicism.about.com/b/2013/04/19/the-anniversary-of-pope-benedict-xvis-election.htm

The Anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's Election
April 19, 2013

Three days ago, on April 16, we celebrated an event that wasn't unprecedented but is certainly rare—indeed, it hasn't been observed in over 700 years: the birthday of a retired pope. And now we observe another rare event: the anniversary of the election of that same Pope Emeritus.

Eight years ago today, on April 19, 2005, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger entered the second day of the conclave convened after the death of Pope John Paul II, and emerged as the successor of the man he had served faithfully for almost a quarter of a century. In a fascinating thread tying the 2005 conclave to the 2013 one, Pope Benedict XVI was elected after Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio begged the cardinal-electors who had been voting for him to cast their votes for Cardinal Ratzinger instead. (Another detail from the 2005 conclave is fascinating if true: Respected Italian Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli has reported that Cardinal Ratzinger entered the 2005 conclave intending to support the man who would become Pope Francis.)

In 2005, most Vatican watchers, and perhaps even a majority of the cardinal-electors, expected Pope Benedict to be a "transitional pope." That turned out to be true, though not in the way that they meant it. They thought that Pope Benedict would mark time, perhaps consolidating the legacy of Pope John Paul II, but certainly not extending it very far, much less creating a legacy of his own.

They were wrong. As I wrote in the wake of Pope Benedict's announcement of his resignation, "he has thrown himself enthusiastically into his pontificate, accomplishing more in just under eight years than many other popes have in twice that long."
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The Holy Spirit guides the Church and uses each Pope to highlight different aspects of Her Gospel Journey as needed. We can see the progress since Leo XIII who stated the Social Gospel principles and their renewal and application from his day until now. Pius XII with biblical studies renewal and setting the stage for Vatican 11, liturgical renewal, JXXX11 for the Council and happy joy and humanness, and peace, Paul V1 for world travel, JP1 for happy joy again, JP11 for global evangelisation, BXV1 for solid scholarship and gentlemanly leadership, now Francis for getting out of the sacristy into the street and down to earth practical love and more happy joy. They are not political leaders swinging from Left to Right but part of a continuum, a flow, leaders of a living body. So called leftist and rightist loud mouths grab headlines and side-track the public’s attention and the global media grind away with their own axes.
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« Reply #108 on: April 21, 2013, 02:36:55 PM »

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/2196/benedict_xvi_and_the_end_of_the_virtual_council.aspx#.UXQjwr4o7IU

Benedict XVI and the End of the “Virtual Council”
April 19, 2013

In one of the last acts of his pontificate, Benedict XVI gave an address to the clergy of the Diocese of Rome on the Second Vatican Council.  In the address he drew a distinction between what he termed the Virtual Council, or Council of the Media, and the Real Council or Council of those who actually produced the documents.  He observed that since the Council of the Media was accessible to everyone (not just to students of theology who studied the documents), it became the dominant interpretation of what happened at Vatican II, and this created “many disasters” and “much suffering.”  Specifically, he mentioned the closure of seminaries and convents, the promotion of banal liturgy, and the application of notions of popular sovereignty to issues of Church governance.  He concluded, however, that some 50 years after the Council, “this Virtual Council is broken, is lost.”

From what comes across my desk in theological literature there is still a lot of life in the Virtual Council, though it is true that it holds no enchantment for young seminarians or members of new ecclesial movements. Thus, the Church of the future, as a matter of demography, will be more closely oriented to the documents of the Real Council.   

The end of the “Virtual Council”

When Blessed John Paul II lay dying he said to the youth who had travelled to Rome to offer their prayerful support: “I have searched for you, and now you have come to me, and I thank you.”  Less irenically he might have said, “I have tried to get through to you, notwithstanding layers and layers of deaf and dumb bureaucrats, and now that I am dying, the fact that you are here means that at least some of you understood, and this is my consolation.” Similarly, Benedict seemed to be saying to the clergy of Rome, notwithstanding all the banality, all the pathetic liturgies, all the congregationalist ecclesiology, the Virtual Council of the Media has lost its dynamism.  It is no longer potent.  It no longer sets the course of human lives; it no longer inspires rebellion.  It too has become boring and sterile. 
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« Reply #109 on: April 21, 2013, 02:40:51 PM »

http://catholicism.about.com/b/2013/04/19/remembering-pope-benedicts-visit-to-the-united-states.htm

Remembering Pope Benedict's Visit to the United States
April 19, 2013

Five years ago, April 15-20, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI made his first apostolic visit to the United States (and, we now know, his only one). While Pope John Paul II had an extensive itinerary during his first trip to the United States in 1979, Pope Benedict's agenda was more limited. Of course, the Holy Father celebrated his 81st birthday on his first full day in the United States, while Pope John Paul II was a mere 59 when he first kissed American soil.

Pope Benedict visited only two cities--Washington, D.C., and New York City--and held one public Mass in each. The Holy Father met with the bishops of the United States while in Washington, and he held two ecumenical meetings, one in each city. While in New York, he also addressed the United Nations.

Yet in the space of those five days, Pope Benedict may have sparked "a new Pentecost for the Church in America," a phrase he used throughout his trip and which lay at the center of his homily at a Mass for priests and religious at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. In the days after the Holy Father returned to Rome, I asked, "What Did Pope Benedict Hope to Accomplish?" I suspect that, five years later, the now-Pope Emeritus must be pleased to see a Catholic hierarchy in America that is speaking out strongly in defense of life, of marriage, of the prerogatives of the Church; and equally pleased to see the American faithful begin to treat the Catholic Faith as leaven for their entire lives, and not something that we just "do" on Sundays.
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« Reply #110 on: April 23, 2013, 08:53:04 PM »

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/2204/pope_benedict_xvis_legacy_faith_and_future.aspx#.UXcpa74o7IV

Pope Benedict XVI’s Legacy: Faith and Future
April 23, 2013
Six essential and enduring themes of the pontificate of the Pope Emeritus
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The new springtime for the Church hoped for by Blessed John Paul II has found its great advocate and defender in Benedict XVI.  He has been an indefatigable defender of Tradition and renewal in the light of both the Second Vatican Council and the crisis that has been its aftermath.  Perhaps one may call him a transitional pope.  However, work that he has done will prove pivotal to future of the Church willed by Christ.  Joseph Ratzinger was the guardian of the doctrine of the faith under Blessed John Paul II, and his resignation has given us the extraordinary conclave that elected Pope Francis.  But what he did in this transition was to make clear once again to the naysayers that, even in crisis, the Church is the only viable future, just as it was at the beginning when it was small and persecuted.

Prophetically, Joseph Ratzinger pronounced the keynote of his coming pontificate at the Mass Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice just before the conclave that elected him began.  He contrasted the relativism of our age, the “being carried about by every wind of doctrine,” with the standard by which the Church judges a truly humane society, namely, the person of Jesus Christ.  Against what he famously called the “dictatorship of relativism” he pitted a faith fully embraced as a deep encounter with Christ:
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« Reply #111 on: May 03, 2013, 09:15:52 PM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/benedict-comes-home-to-new-house-new-pope-as-unprecedented-phase-begins/2013/05/02/c0ba20ea-b30a-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

Benedict returns to Vatican for first time, meets with new pope and moves into new house
Published: May 2

VATICAN CITY — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI came home to the Vatican on Thursday for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28, beginning an unprecedented era for the Catholic Church of having a retired pontiff living alongside a reigning one.

Pope Francis welcomed Benedict outside his new retirement home — a converted monastery on the edge of the Vatican gardens — and the two immediately went into the adjoining chapel to pray together, the Vatican said.

The Vatican said Benedict, 86, was pleased to be back and that he would — as he himself has said — “dedicate himself to the service of the church above all with prayer.” Francis, the statement said, welcomed him with “brotherly cordiality.”

A photo released by the Vatican showed the two men, arms clasped and both smiling, standing inside the doorway of Benedict’s new home as Benedict’s secretary looks on.

Unlike the live, door-to-door Vatican-provided television coverage that accompanied Benedict’s emotional farewell in February, the Vatican provided no television images of his return Thursday.

The low-key approach followed the remarkable yet somewhat alarming images transmitted on March 23 when Francis went to visit Benedict at the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, where Benedict was living. In that footage, Benedict appeared visibly more frail and thinner only three weeks after resigning.

Some Vatican officials questioned whether those images should have been released, given how frail Benedict appeared. Thursday’s photo showed no obvious signs of further decline.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, has acknowledged Benedict’s post-retirement decline but has insisted the 86-year-old German isn’t suffering from any specific ailment and is just old.

“He is a man who is not young: He is old and his strength is slowly ebbing,” Lombardi said this week. “However, there is no special illness. He is an old man who is healthy.”
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« Reply #112 on: May 03, 2013, 09:23:35 PM »

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2318203/Ex-Pope-Benedict-returns-home-Vatican-today-live-door-Pope-Francis.html
PUBLISHED: 06:13 EST, 2 May 2013  | UPDATED: 04:28 EST, 3 May 2013


Welcome home: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis as he returns at the Vatican from the pontifical summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, south-east of Rome
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« Reply #113 on: May 12, 2013, 01:34:52 AM »

http://www.latintimes.com/articles/3778/20130509/vatican-santa-muerte-mexican-folk-death-saint.htm

Vatican Says Santa Muerte, Mexican Folk 'Death Saint,' Is Blasphemous, Symbolic Of Drug Wars
May 09, 2013 01:41 PM EDT

The president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi declared worshipping the Mexican folk saint of death or Santa Muerte blasphemous. The Cardinal said "it's not religion just because it's dressed up like religion; it's blasphemy against religion," the BBC reports. 

The Mexican tradition of worshipping Santa Muerte is largely seen as a cult. It is growing in popularity among areas in Mexico ravaged by violence relating to drug and gang wars.
 
Cardinal Ravasi was in Mexico speaking at a number of gatherings for believers and non-believers in order to help them find a way to God. The "Courtyard of the Gentiles" as the gathering is called, is a program started by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 as a way of introducing God to non-believers, The Telegraph says.

The Cardinal denounced Santa Muerte at an event in Mexico City. He believes the Saint of Death sends the wrong message to Catholic children in Mexico because it is so popular among criminals, like gang members and drug lords.

"The mafia, drug trafficking and organized crime don't have a religious aspect and have nothing to do with religion, even if they use the image of Santa Muerte," the Cardinal said.

Followers who worship Santa Muerte pray to the figure of a female skeleton wearing a cloak and holding a scythe. They place the statue on an alter with offerings of "votive candles, fruit and tequila in the hope Santa Muerte will grant their wishes," BBC reports.
 
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« Reply #114 on: May 12, 2013, 01:53:00 AM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22462181

9 May 2013 Last updated at 06:36 ET
Vatican declares Mexican Death Saint blasphemous

 
The cult, which reveres death, has been growing rapidly in Mexico.

It is represented by a cloaked female skeleton clutching a scythe.

It is particularly popular in areas of Mexico that have suffered from extreme violence carried out by the country's drug cartels.

The cult is believed to date back to colonial times.

It merges indigenous beliefs with the tradition of venerating saints introduced by Christian missionaries after the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
 
There are no reliable figures showing how many people worship Santa Muerte, but academics studying the subject say more and more Santa Muerte shrines have been popping up in Mexico and the US, where the cult is popular with Mexican immigrants.

Last year, police in northern Mexico arrested eight people in connection with the killing of two boys and a woman in ritual sacrifices which prosecutors said were linked to the cult of Santa Muerte.
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« Reply #115 on: June 08, 2013, 11:53:23 PM »

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2307/benedict_xvi_im_fine_i_live_like_a_monk.aspx#.UbP7ar4o7IU

Benedict XVI: “I’m fine. I live like a monk.”
June 06, 2013 05:11 EST

Catholic World News has a report on remarks Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made to a friend visiting him in Rome:

“I’m fine. I live like a monk,” Benedict XVI told an old German friend who visited him recently at his new residence in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on the Vatican grounds.

Manfred Lutz, a German scholar who is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Academy for Life, told Bild Zeitung that he found the retired Pontiff “physically weaker and a bit more stooped” than a few months earlier, but still mentally alert and cheerful. He said that the Pope-emeritus found himself thoroughly in accord with the theological statements of Pope Francis.
 
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« Reply #116 on: June 13, 2013, 10:47:53 PM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/pope-benedict-international-criminal-court-_n_3436720.html

Pope Benedict XVI International Criminal Court Investigation Requested By Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Rejected
Posted: 06/13/2013 2:33 pm EDT

NEW YORK -- The International Criminal Court has rejected a longshot request by clergy sex abuse victims to investigate former Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity.

The tribunal, based in The Hague, told attorneys for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests that "there is not a basis at this time to proceed with further analysis."

"The matters described in your communication do not appear to fall within the jurisdiction of the court," a court official wrote in a May 31 letter to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the nonprofit legal group that represents the victims. The legal organization released the letter Thursday.
 
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« Reply #117 on: June 21, 2013, 04:55:49 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/21/paul_vi_-_part_1:_at_the_helm_in_choppy_waters..._/en1-702595

2013-06-21 09:22:53
Paul VI - Part 1: at the helm in choppy waters...



(Vatican Radio ) Pope Paul VI, Giovanni Battista Montini was elected as Successor of Peter fifty years ago on the 21st June 1963.

On December 20, 2012 Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, signed a decree recognising the "heroic virtues" of a Pope chosen to lead the Catholic Church at a crucial time in its history, finding himself with the delicate task of closing and implementing the Second Vatican Council.

It's a decree which highlights the value of a Pope who was not always fully understood. One who was described at the time as a man full of contradictions, bafflling yet brilliant, austere yet personable, enigmatic yet firm in his authority.
 
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« Reply #118 on: June 25, 2013, 10:07:37 PM »

http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/retired-popes-eyes-are-bright-and-joyous-says-longtime-friend

Retired pope's eyes 'are bright and joyous,' says longtime friend
Jun. 25, 2013 

Maynooth, Ireland--   
One of retired Pope Benedict XVI's oldest confidants downplayed concerns about the pontiff's health, saying his friend was mentally and physically "fresh."
 
Salvatorian Fr. Stephan Otto Horn, president of the "Ratzinger Schulerkreis" (Ratzinger Student Circle), told Catholic News Service he met the retired pope in Rome in early June, and he acknowledged his mentor was frail.

"He is 86 now. At that age you are not so strong, but he seemed to me to be very fresh. His memory is fresh and his eyes are very bright and joyous," he said.
 
Horn also told CNS that Pope Benedict said Pope Francis had been trying to convince him to go to Castel Gandolfo for a vacation, while he was trying to convince Pope Francis to take a vacation there.

"He told me he had told Pope Francis that if (Francis) couldn't go there for a long time, then he should at least go there for Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption, which the pope traditionally spends with the people of Castel Gandolfo," Horn said.

Speaking to CNS at the Divine Word Missionaries school in Maynooth, during a symposium on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger, Father Horn said: "After the (Feb. 11) resignation it was difficult for him for three weeks, but after those three weeks, his well-being began improving. And he is very interested in everything," said the priest, who is in regular communication with his former mentor.

Of his decision to resign, Horn said Pope Benedict was "convinced his decision was the right one," and was happy and serene with it.
 
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« Reply #119 on: July 09, 2013, 12:25:35 AM »

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http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-and-francis-meet-in-the-vatican-gardens-english-10478.html#.UduPQr4o7IU

Benedict XVI and Francis meet in the Vatican Gardens
2013-07-06 10:00:00

July 6, 2013 (Romereports.com) Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI met at the Vatican gardens for the unveiling of a new statue representing St. Michael Archangel, the universal protector of the Church and patron of Vatican City.

Benedict XVI, who was invited by Pope Francis, was welcomed with a great applause. The most moving moment was when the two Popes hugged. They also sat next to each other throughout the ceremony.
 
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