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Two Popes Come Together: VIDEO


Pope Benedict met his successor Pope Francis at the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo on Saturday afternoon, USA Today reports:

The two popes embraced on the helipad when Francis' helicopter arrived, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said on Vatican Radio. The two were dressed in white, with Pope Francis wearing a cape and sash to distinguish himself from Benedict, who wore a simple white cassock.

When the duo went to the chapel, Lombardi said Benedict offered Francis the traditional kneeler used by the pope, but Francis wanted the pair to kneel together on the same pew, saying, "We are brothers."

Here's a pool video of their meeting.


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  1. they look like they're about to two-step.

    Posted by: dattexas | Mar 23, 2013 10:49:01 PM

  2. Well they're spit-roas....., I mean SHARING the same secretary, so I'm sure they're close.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 23, 2013 11:06:13 PM

  3. "You look much older than your picture on Grindr" Francis was heard to say.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Mar 23, 2013 11:07:10 PM

  4. If being his "brother" is all that's required to share his kneeler, his pew, his table, it's gonna get awfully crowded.

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 24, 2013 12:01:41 AM

  5. That's the popeyest thing I ever saw.

    Posted by: Kevin Foster | Mar 24, 2013 12:19:52 AM

  6. A pope and an antipope meeting would result complete annihilation.

    Posted by: Kevin Foster | Mar 24, 2013 12:21:37 AM

  7. If the catholic church can have two papas, then heather can have two mommies.

    Posted by: matt | Mar 24, 2013 12:30:57 AM

  8. I want to see the video of Francis pissing on Benedict's face

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 24, 2013 12:46:42 AM

  9. It's 14 miles from the Vatican to Castel Gandolfo - he needs a helicopter?

    Posted by: some yank in Rio | Mar 24, 2013 1:31:56 AM

  10. I just don't get why people obsess so much over what the pope(s) wear. Who the f**k cares?

    Posted by: Charles | Mar 24, 2013 2:56:11 AM

  11. Benedict is supposed to be the subordinate of Francis. He should be kneeling before Francis instead of embracing him.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 24, 2013 3:32:52 AM

  12. So much for the Emeritus Pope keeping a low profile. Get your "popecorn" ready, this is going to be like watching "Dynasty."

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Mar 24, 2013 5:02:09 AM

  13. @AngelaChanning: so true -- the humble retiree suddenly arrives by helicopter? Sooo Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter!

    On the other hand, given the old pope quit his job to duck legal scandals, this story is really more akin to Sarah Palin meeting Sean Parnell.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 24, 2013 6:50:37 AM

  14. Worst. Porn. Scenario. Ever.

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 24, 2013 8:39:54 AM

  15. I didn't think the "I only use mass transit" idea would last long. Not that it's inappropriate for a head of state to travel by private helicopter, but it's so annoying when reality intrudes on a good media theory.

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 24, 2013 9:35:25 AM

  16. "Benedict, who wore a simple white cassock."

    My @ss. That looks more like some down-filled floor length designer coat he nabbed off a (underaged) runway model.

    "What? This old thing?"

    The Papal fashion war is ON!

    If those two don't end up rolling around in the fountain at St Peter's Square, slapping each other and pulling (sparse) hair I'm going to be severely disappointed!

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 24, 2013 10:25:28 AM

  17. The greeting ritual of two albino praying mantis.

    Posted by: A FRIEND | Mar 24, 2013 11:59:46 AM

  18. With the commuter helicopter, dare I say Vatican One, I see the end of the caring for the poor.

    Posted by: thepolarbeast | Mar 24, 2013 12:28:35 PM

  19. 2 Popes 1 cup?

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 24, 2013 12:48:42 PM

  20. nazis meets kidnapper film at 11:00

    Posted by: walter | Mar 24, 2013 2:14:46 PM

  21. 1. I hate to ruin a good meme, but the new pope using a helicopter is actually a favor to the people of Rome, in addition to greater security. I despise the popes as much as the next rational thinker, but I prefer sticking to substance for my criticism.

    2. Any thought of Pope Ratfucker (I recently learned that Michelle Malkin cited me from DKos for that name back in 2005) continuing any significant influence is undermined by his frail appearance. Looks to me as if his days are numbered (but he won't need that quilted coat in hell). Which leads us to...

    3. The quilted coat and the cane are revealing. Here's an old man in rapidly declining health.

    Posted by: homogenius | Mar 25, 2013 5:19:21 AM

  22. They met so they could get their stories straight.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 25, 2013 9:30:56 AM

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