Pope hails Benedict, other elderly at Vatican fest

September 28, 2014 10:05 AM

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Pope hails Benedict, other elderly at Vatican fest

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has hailed the value of the elderly, including his predecessor Benedict XVI, who joined him at a ceremony in St. Peter's Square honoring the contribution of grandparents to society.

Tens of thousands of people, many of them elderly couples and their grandchildren, applauded Sunday when Francis told them that Benedict's living in papal retirement at the Vatican is "like having a wise grandparent at home." Francis warmly embraced the frail, 87-year-old Benedict, who used a cane a...

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