Two popes meet for Christmas prayers

Last updated 12:17 24/12/2013

Pope Francis made a Christmas visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict on Monday.

Popes
Reuters
BACK HOME: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis after the former pontiff arrived back at the Vatican.

Relevant offers

Europe

Duck, duck, loose: Glasgow inflatable finds freedom in stormy weather John Darwin's faked death: A mum's guilt Czechia: Kiwi visitors to Czech Republic should be calling it by its new name Italian paedophile ordered to buy his 15-year-old victim Virginia Woolf books and Emily Dickinson poems Leftist Corbyn re-elected as leader of Britain's Labour Party Anti-Brexit group challenges UK government over Article 50 disclosure Nude photos and pics of Duchess of Cambridge and family stolen from Pippa Middleton British robbery suspect ecapes in mobility vehicle Vladimir Putin's close friend: Donald Trump will be next US president Migrant crisis: Boat carrying 600 sinks off Egypt, killing at least 43

Pope Francis has made a Christmas visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict and says he found his 86-year-old predecessor looking well, according to television footage released by the Vatican.

Francis, who was elected in March, spent about 30 minutes with Benedict in an ex-convent on the Vatican grounds where the former pope has been living in near isolation.

"It's a pleasure to see you looking so well," Francis told Benedict, who in February became the first pope in 600 years to step down instead of ruling for life.

Television footage released by the Vatican - only the fourth time Benedict has been filmed since his resignation - showed him looking alert and in better health than on previous occasions.

He greeted Francis, 77, at the door of the residence, standing with an ivory-handled wooden cane. They walked to a chapel where they stood and prayed before speaking privately in another room.

When Francis left Benedict, he said, "Merry Christmas, pray for me." Benedict responded, "Always, always, always".

Benedict resigned on Feb. 28, saying he no longer had the physical and spiritual strength to lead the 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic Church.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content