2 popes meet for lunch

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2 popes meet for lunch

New pope, old pope meet for lunch. By Laura Smith-Spark, Ben Wedeman and Hada Messia, CNN. Updated PM ET, Sat March 23, Benedict XVI and . After Francis's 15 minute helicopter ride, the two Popes – both dressed in white vestments – will sit down for a meeting before having lunch. Pope Francis has travelled to Castel Gandolfo to have lunch with his predecessor Benedict XVI in an historic and potentially problematic.

The Vatican downplayed the remarkable reunion in keeping with Benedict's desire to remain "hidden from the world" and not interfere with his successor's papacy.

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There was no live coverage by Vatican television, and only a short video and still photos were released after the fact. The Vatican spokesman said the two spoke privately for minutes, followed by lunch with the two papal secretaries, but no details were released. All of which led to enormous speculation about what these two popes might have said to one another after making history together: Benedict's surprise resignation paved the way for the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit, and the first to call himself Francis after the 13th century friar who devoted himself to the poor, nature and working for peace.

That the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was second only to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the conclave that elected Ratzinger pope has only added to the popular imagination about how these two popes of such different style, background and priorities might get along.

2 popes meet for lunch

Perhaps over their primo, or pasta course during Saturday's lunch, they discussed the big issues facing the church: During their secondo, or second course of meat or fish, they might have gone over more pressing issues about Francis' new job: Benedict left a host of unfinished business on Francis' plate, including the outcome of a top-secret investigation into the leaks of papal documents last year that exposed corruption and mismanagement in the Vatican administration.

Francis might have wanted to sound Benedict out on his ideas for management changes in the Holy See administration, a priority given the complete dysfunctional government he has inherited.

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Over coffee, they might have discussed future of Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, Benedict's trusted aide who has had the difficult task of escorting his old pope into retirement and then returning to the Vatican to serve his successor in the initial rites of the office. Gaenswein, who wept as he and Benedict made their final goodbyes to staff in the papal apartment on Feb.

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Both Xuereb and Gaenswein were present for lunch. Before Benedict announced his decision to be known as "emeritus pope," one of the Vatican's leading canon lawyers, the Jesuit Rev. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, penned an article suggesting that such a title would be inappropriate for Benedict since in renouncing the papacy he had "lost all the power of primacy" conferred on him by his election as pope.

Clearly aware of that potential, Benedict in his very last meeting with his cardinals on Feb. Lombardi said he understood Benedict repeated that pledge of obedience on Saturday. After a few months in Castel Gandolfo, Benedict is to return to the Vatican to live in a converted monastery in the Vatican gardens, just a short walk from St.

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Peter's Basilica and the shrine devoted to the Madonna where Francis went to pray on one of his first walks as pope. That didn't stop crowds from gathering outside the villa, even though at most it appeared all they might see is Francis' helicopter overhead.

The Vatican said Benedict would be at the helipad in the villa gardens to welcome Francis, and that the two would meet in Benedict's library and then lunch together. Francis will then return to his makeshift home at the Vatican hotel at an unspecified time later in the day.

2 popes meet for lunch

The Vatican spokesman promised a general comment about the meeting, but no detailed statement. All of which has led to enormous speculation about what these two men in white might have to say to one another after making history together: Benedict's resignation paved the way for the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit, and the first to call himself Francis after the 13th century friar who devoted himself to the poor, nature and working for peace.

Perhaps over their primo, or pasta course during Saturday's lunch, the two popes might discuss the big issues facing the church: Or maybe during their secondo, or second course of meat or fish, they'll discuss more pressing issues concerning Francis' new job: Benedict left a host of unfinished business on Francis' plate, including the outcome of a top-secret investigation into the leaks of papal documents last year.

2 popes meet for lunch

Francis might want to sound Benedict out on his ideas for management changes in the Holy See administration, a priority given the complete dysfunctional government he has inherited. Then over coffee, they might discuss the future of Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, Benedict's trusted aide who has had the difficult task of escorting his old pope into retirement and then returning to the Vatican to serve his successor in the initial rites of the office.

Gaenswein, who wept as he and Benedict made their goodbyes to staff in the papal apartment on Feb.

2 popes meet for lunch