Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Pope Francis to receive Benedict on Vatican return


Vatican City, May 2 - Pope Francis will personally
receive retired pope Benedict XVI on Thursday upon his return to
the Vatican where he will reside in a converted monastery.
Benedict is scheduled to arrive via the white papal
helicopter at 16:50 local time, ending his two-month stay at the
pontifical summer home at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome since
abdicating at the end of February.
At the time, Benedict shocked the world by becoming the
first living pope in nearly 600 years to give up the throne of
St Peter.
Francis, who was elected on March 13 in a short conclave,
will greet Benedict Thursday in front of his predecessor's new
home, the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, just a short walk from his
own residence.
It is the first time in history that two popes - one
serving, the other not - have lived simultaneously behind the
Vatican walls.
Since Francis was elected, the two met for the first time
on March 23, praying together on the same papal kneeler inside a
chapel at Castel Ganodolfo.

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