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Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI
as the latter leaves for Castel Gandolfo

Tuesday, 30 June. Pope Francis went to the Benedict XVI's residence in the Vatican Gardens to greet him and wish him a good stay in Castel Gandolfo, where the Pope emeritus will stay on holiday for two weeks, coming back to the Vatican on 14 July. Arriving at about 10 am, Francis was welcomed at the door by Benedict XVI. With him was Archbishop Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household. The Pope emeritus invited him inside for a brief chat in private, which lasted about 20 minutes. Benedict XVI then accompanied him to the door and bade farewell from the step.




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