The new Cardinals with the Pope and Pope Emeritus 

By Vatican News staff reporter

In a brief meeting at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, Pope Francis presented the new Cardinals to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who prayed with them and blessed them.

On Saturday afternoon, at the end of the Ordinary Public Consistory, Pope Francis and the new cardinals visited Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to meet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for a brief greeting.

After receiving his blessing, along with that of Pope Francis, and praying the Salve Regina together, the new cardinals went to the Apostolic Palace or the Paul VI Hall for courtesy visits, according to the Holy See Press Office.

The visit to Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican Gardens has now become a custom, ever since the 2016 Consistory. On the first two occasions in 2014 and 2015, Benedict XVI had taken part in the celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Vatican News