Pope Francis meets with predecessor Benedict XVI in first such encounter in 600 years - PHOTO

Pope Francis meets with predecessor Benedict XVI in first such encounter in 600 years - <span style="color: red;">PHOTO
# 23 March 2013 16:12 (UTC +04:00)

Francis, who was elected on March 13, arrived by helicopter at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo for a meeting and lunch with Benedict, who has been living here since he abdicated on February 28.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Benedict and Francis embraced when the helicopter which brought Francis from Rome landed at the residence. He added that Benedict's health was normal for a man of his age.

The pontiff and Benedict later prayed together in a chapel and held 45 minutes of private talks before starting a lunch, where they were joined by their two personal secretaries. Lombardi said the atmosphere was "family-like".

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