Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict at Castel Gandolfo - 23 March
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Pope Francis visit Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo

23 March 2013 Last updated at 14:45 GMT

Newly elected Pope Francis has met his predecessor for lunch, the first time such a meeting has been possible for more than 600 years.

Pope Francis was flown by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo for the private lunch with Pope Emeritus Benedict.

There is no public record of any previous meeting between a Pope and a former Pope.

Alan Johnston reports.