Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, right, talks with Pope Francis as they exchange Christmas greetings at the Vatican on Dec. 23, 2013. AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has
visited his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, to exchange Christmas
Photos released by the Vatican
newspaper show the two men, dressed in identical white robes save for Francis'
cape, chatting in a sitting room inside Benedict's retirement home during the
visit Monday. They also prayed together in the adjoining chapel. Benedict was
looking well, using a cane for support while they stood in prayer.
It is the first time the interior of
Benedict's home has been shown publicly: The sitting room and furniture were
all white. An Advent wreath decorated the coffee table.
Since Benedict's retirement in
February, the two men have met only once publicly, for an official Vatican
ceremony in July. They also have met
privately and occasionally have spoken by telephone.