March 24, 2013
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Pope Francis (left) greeted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on his arrival for their meeting in Castel Gandolfo outside Rome.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (right) appeared frail compared to the pope, the Associated Press reported.
Pope Francis brought his predecessor an icon of the Madonna as a gift, telling him it is known as the "Madonna of Humility."
When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI tried to direct his successor to the papal kneeler, Francis refused.
‘‘No, we are brothers,’’ Francis told Benedict. The two used a different kneeler and prayed side-by-side.
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