From italy this evening, a truly historic image. Two living popes together for the first time in hundreds of years. The newly appointed pope francis leaving the vatican by helicopter to visit the man... See More
From italy this evening, a truly historic image. Two living popes together for the first time in hundreds of years. The newly appointed pope francis leaving the vatican by helicopter to visit the man he placed, the former pope benedict. The two men calling each other brother. Nick schifrin tonight on the historic meeting. Reporter: In the 2000-year history of the catholic church, this may be a first. One pope embracing a former pope. Pope francis made the pilgrimage to pope emeritus' retreat outside of rome. But there was no ring kissing. When benedict directs the new pope to place of honor, francis refuses, instead asking the two to pray together. Toe was designed to show a seamless transition. Francis giving thanks, a madonna of humility as a gift. Benedict renewing his vow not to interfere with the new papacy. But the vatican is clearly worried about the image of two popes. Even though the faithful were waiting outside, the two didn't appear in public. They probably wisely presumed, this is not the image we want to give the world. We don't want to make it seem like we're running a tag team pontificate here. Reporter: We don't know what they discussed, but there's a lot to talk about. Benedict left a church reeling from a series of scandals. It would be natural to every now and then ask him for some kind of advice. However, I have a feeling francis will go his own way on things. Reporter: Today was our first real chance to see benedict since he resigned. He looks fragile, so much frailer than the man once known as god's rottweiler. Soon, these two hopes will both live inside the vatican. Benedict moving into this converted convent. If today is an example, they will clearly show each other love and respect. As francis put it, the two are brothers. Nick schifrin, abc news, london.
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