Pope Francis tells Benedict: ‘We are brothers’ Meeting marks huge transition for the papacy ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page EPA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO Pope Francis (left) greeted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on his arrival for their meeting in Castel Gandolfo outside Rome. EPA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (right) appeared frail compared to the pope, the Associated Press reported. AFP/OSSERVATORE ROMANO Pope Francis brought his predecessor an icon of the Madonna as a gift, telling him it is known as the "Madonna of Humility." AFP/OSSERVATORE ROMANO When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI tried to direct his successor to the papal kneeler, Francis refused. AP/OSSERVATORE ROMANO ‘‘No, we are brothers,’’ Francis told Benedict. The two used a different kneeler and prayed side-by-side.