Pope Francis welcomes Benedict XVI home

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis had words of welcome on Thursday as he greeted Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, who returned to take up residence inside Vatican city.

In style with his own personal manner, Pope Francis left the formalities of a welcoming ceremony to Vatican authorities, who awaited the arrival of the Pope Emeritus at the Vatican heliport. These included Cardinals Bertello – President of the Governatorate, Bertone – Secretary of State, and Sodano – the deacon of the College of Cardinals as well as some bishops.

But Pope Francis was awaiting his predecessor at the entrance to the “Mater Ecclesiae” Monastery in the Vatican Gardens where Benedict will be residing. Together they preceded to the chapel for a brief moment of prayer.

The Pope Emeritus left the Vatican on February 28th after his resignation, and had been staying at the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo in the Alban Hills.
He chose to leave the Vatican immediately after his resignation to physically remove himself from the process of electing his successor.

His absence also gave workers time to finish up renovations on the monastery on the edge of the Vatican gardens that until last year housed groups of cloistered nuns who were invited for a few years at a time to live inside the Vatican to pray for the Pontiff and Church at large.

In the small building, with a chapel attached, Benedict will live with his personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, and the four consecrated women who do the housekeeping and prepare his meals. Inside the building, Benedict has at his disposal a small library and a study. A guest room is available for when his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, comes to visit.

Thursday’s was not the first meeting between the Pope and the Pope Emeritus. In fact Francis visited Benedict in March in Castel Gandolfo, and they have spoken by telephone. It is however the first time in history that a Pope and a Pope Emeritus will be next-door neighbours!

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/02/pope_francis_welcomes_benedict_xvi_home/en1-688454
of the Vatican Radio website

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1 Response to Pope Francis welcomes Benedict XVI home

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    …Pope Francis was awaiting his predecessor at the entrance to the “Mater Ecclesiae” Monastery in the Vatican Gardens where Benedict will be residing.

    With just a few minutes walk separating them. Holy Father and Holy Grandfather. The more I think about Benedict’s decision, the more I come to accept that it was the right and wise one. He made his decision, it’s clear, with love of the Church foremost in his mind. He’s not taking his ease. He is living the end of his days. He probably can’t read or play the piano, his two temporal loves, much anymore, if at all. I hope he writes one more book, perhaps a memoir? Benedict has started a new tradition, one that will not be followed often we hope, but salutary one all the same.

    It is time to be old.
    To take in sail.
    The God of bounds,
    Who sets to seas a shore,
    Came to me in His fatal rounds
    and said: ‘No more!
    No farther shoot
    Thy broad ambitious branches, and thy root.
    Fancy departs; no more invent;
    Contract thy firmament
    To the compass of a tent.’


    And thus Benedict XVI has done, no?


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