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Pope Francis tells Benedict: ‘We are brothers’

Meeting marks huge transition for the papacy

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning pope telling a retired one, ‘‘We are brothers,’’ and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis traveled Saturday from the Vatican to this hilltown south of Rome to have lunch with his predecessor, Benedict XVI, a historic and potentially problematic melding of the papacies that has never before confronted the church.

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