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New cardinals' visit with Benedict XVI

As per tradition, the pope accompanied the new cardinals on their visit with Benedict XVI.

It's a pleasure to see you are well.


Here are the new ones.

Georg Ganswein, Benedict's secretary, introduced them one by one.

There's no need to introduce Cardinal Cantalamessa.

It's such a pleasure to see you again. Such a delight.

Then, to avoid tiring out the pope-emeritus, they sat down and sang a “Salve Regina” together.

Pope Francis said goodbye with a petition.

Don't forget to pray for me.

As they left, everyone, including Pope Francis, put on face masks, another symbol of this pandemic consistory.

Javier Martínez-Brocal

Translation: CT