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Pope Francis lunches with Benedict XVI

Pope emeritus visits Argentine pontiff at Vatican residence

27 December, 14:51
Pope Francis lunches with Benedict XVI (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 27 - Pope Francis had lunch with his predecessor Benedict XVI on Friday, Vatican sources said.

Benedict visited Francis at Saint Martha's House, the Vatican guest house where the Argentine pontiff lives after spurning the luxury of the papal apartments.

On Monday Francis had paid a visit to Benedict at his residence in the converted Mater Ecclesiae monastery to wish him merry Christmas and the former and current popes prayed together. Benedict shocked the world in February when he resigned as pope, opening the way for the election of Pope Francis in a conclave in March.