Ex-pope Benedict at papal ceremony for first time since he quit

February 22, 2014 11:03 AM

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Ex-pope Benedict at papal ceremony for first time since he quit

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Former Pope Benedict made a surprise appearance at St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday to attend a ceremony at which his successor, Pope Francis, was elevating 19 prelates to the high rank of cardinal.

Benedict, 86, who resigned a year ago, sat quietly wearing a long white overcoat in the front row along with other cardinals. It was the first time he has attended a papal ceremony since his resignation, although he and Francis have met several times.

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