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Pope Francis calls Pope-emeritus Benedict with feast-day greetings

CWN - March 20, 2013

Pope Francis placed a phone call to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI on March 19, to send his greetings on the feast of the former Pontiff's patron saint, the Vatican has confirmed.

The phone conversation was "long and cordial," the Vatican press office reported. Pope Francis renewed his expression of thanks to his predecessor for his long service to the Church, and Benedict XVI ensured his successor of his prayerful support.

Pope-emeritus Benedict had followed the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis carefully by television from Castel Gandolfo, where he is staying, the Vatican said.

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