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The 20 new cardinals greet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI together with Pope Francis

At the end of the Consistory, the twenty new cardinals, together with Pope Francis, went to greet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

We just came to say hello. He's fine. You can see that he's like a 96-year-old person. He hardly speaks. But he recognizes people because he made me director of telecommunications when he was Pope. And I told him: "Holy Father, I was Cardinal Pironio's secretary" and he said "yes." So, he recognizes people; he recognizes. But well, it was just a little greeting. And then, he gave us a blessing with Pope Francis.

Presenting the new cardinals to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is a custom that Pope Francis started and continues to do whenever he makes new cardinals.