March 23, 2013, Saturday — Two Popes — First Photos
“Very beautiful” embrace between Pope Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo in the Vatican Gardens upon Pope Francis’ arrival.–Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., today. Lombardi took the helicopter with Pope Francis from the Vatican to Castel Gandolfo
(The first embrace of Pope Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict, shortly after noon today in the Vatican Gardens at Castel Gandolfo, about 20 miles outside of Rome. Pope Francis had just arrived by helicopter from the Vatican. Emeritus Pope Benedict, wearing a light jacket against the cold, came out of the Palace to greet him upon his arrival)
(The two men, before their private conversation, pray side by side in the chapel inside the Palace at Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Popes, and, since February 28, the date he stepped down from the papacy, the residence of Emeritus Pope Benedict)
(Correction: In the previous email, the dateline was given as yesterday, March 22. That was a mistake; it should have read, as this email does, March 23, 2013.)
“Think nothing else but that God ordains all, and where there is no love, put love, and you will draw love out.” –St. John of the Cross
Francis’s schedule for the next few days
Pope Francis will celebrate Mass tomorrow in St. Peter’s Square for Palm Sunday.
He will then enter into Holy Week, with a full schedule of liturgical celebrations.