At the end of the celebration of the Consistory in which Pope Francis named 17 new cardinals, the Holy Father and neoporporati boarded two buses and they went to the monastery Mater Ecclesiae in the Vatican to meet the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, absent to the liturgy in the Vatican Basilica.
In the courtyard of the former convent, the Pope was greeted by Monsignor Georg Gaenswein. Benedict XVI awaited instead the “guests” in the chapel. Francis embraced him affectionately, followed by neoporporati welcomed by a big smile. After a moment of prayer in the chapel, the two popes blessed together the new cardinals.
Authorized by an act of Bergoglio, Emeritus Pope led a prayer and the final blessing. Finally, after another fraternal embrace between Francis and Benedict, the leave. On returning to bus, before have entered the cardinal and finally the Pope, who greeted again the Bishop Gänswein.
This was a fraternal meeting, characterized by joy and simplicity. Tomorrow, on the occasion of the closing of the Holy Door of the Vatican Basilica, the Pope Emeritus will not be present in St Peter’s Square. Benedict XVI has chosen to follow the ceremony broadcast worldwide from home.