Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo

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(Photo of Pope Francis I from Wikimedia Commons. This photograph was produced by Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency and contributed to the public domain)

The newly elected Pope Francis has recently met his predecessor for lunch. This is a historic meeting and it is the first time in 600 years that such a lunch would have been possible. The new head of the Catholic Church is usually elected after the death of his predecessor and there have been only rare exceptions to this practice in the long succession of leaders of the Catholic Church. According to the article I read, there is no existing public record of a meeting between an incumbent pope and a former pope, so this lunch takes on a special historical significance. For more details see this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21908576

Ci sentiamo presto, Lina

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