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Benedict XVI makes a short trip to have lunch with Pope Francis

When the Pope visited Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence, they got to catch up just like old friends. They met for about 30 minutes, but there was still lots more to talk about. That's why during that brief get-together, Pope Francis invited Benedict XVI to lunch.

On Friday afternoon, Ratzinger made a short trip to Casa Santa Marta to have lunch with the Pope. At age 86, this is actually the first time Benedict XVI has publicly gone to the Pope's residence to meet him. Usually it's Pope Francis who goes out to visit him. ;

In the past, Pope Francis has publicly said he enjoys having Benedict XVI around the Vatican, describing him as a wise grandfather. ;

At lunch, they were each joined by their personal secretaries as well as Archbishop Dominique Mamberti who serves as the Secretary for Relations with States and also Msgr. Peter Brian Wells from the Secretariat of State. ;

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