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Pope meets ex-pope for historic lunch

By Claudio Lavanga and Emma Ong, NBC News

In a historic meeting of current and former popes, Francis and Benedict got together for prayers and lunch on Saturday.

Pope Francis and his predecessor, the ex-Pope Benedict XVI, met at Castel Gandolfo in the Alban Hills outside of Rome, where Benedict has been living since he resigned Feb. 28.

Benedict, who looked frail and walked with a cane, told Francis to kneel in front of the altar, but Francis said, "let's kneel together" and they did so, Lombardi said.

"We're brothers," Francis reportedly told the former pope as the two prayed together on the same prie dieu.

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