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Pope Francis Visits, Prays With Predecessor Benedict XVI

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It was a historic moment for the Catholic Church when Pope Francis visited his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

The current and former pontiffs met Saturday at Castel Gandolfo, the summer villa where Benedict is living temporarily. Since resigning last month he is the first pope to give up the throne of the Church in 600 years.

This is also first such meeting in the church's recorded history, since a new pope is usually only elected after his predecessor's death.

Vatican officials say Francis told Benedict "we're brothers" before praying together on the same kneeler.

Beyond that, officials would not comment on what the two men discussed during their 45 minute meeting in the library, but Francis did present Benedict with a gift -- an icon of Our Lady of Humility.

In the coming weeks Benedict is expected to move from Castel Gandolfo to a converted monastery in the Vatican gardens. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP