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Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI ahead of busy Christmas

December 24, 2013
Francis and Benedict
Pope Francis is gearing up for his first Christmas. Pope Francis paid an early Christmas visit to his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, on Monday afternoon in the monastery Mater Ecclesia in the Vatican gardens. The two warmly greeted each other and prayed briefly in Benedict’s chapel. They had a private conversation and exchanged Christmas wishes. Pope Francis also greeted the small staff that cares for his predecessor.
Francis and Benedict
Francis and Benedict
Francis and Benedict
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Photo Credit: (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

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