Pope Francis and Pope Benedict meet publicly for only the second time.
Papal Double Take: Two Identically Dressed Popes Meet
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Dec. 23 2013 6:40 PM

Papal Double Take: Two Identically Dressed Popes Meet

Pope Francis addresses the crowd during his sunday's Angelus prayer at St Peter's square.

Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday, Pope Francis made a pre-Christmas visit to Emeritus Pope Benedict, the man he succeeded as the Holy See. In only the second public meeting since Francis’ ascendency, the two men exchanged Christmas greetings in Benedict’s home and prayed together in a chapel. The images, released by the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, are the first public glimpse inside Benedict’s retirement home. The two Popes, past and present, were dressed in identical white robes.

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