On Saturday Pope Francis held a consistory to create new cardinals, after which “the Holy Father and the 11 new cardinals present in Rome visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,” read a statement by the Holy See Press Office.

The statement said their meeting took place in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery within the Vatican “in an atmosphere of affection.”

Each cardinal was introduced to Benedict XVI individually by his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein.

After meeting the new cardinals, Benedict XVI expressed his gratitude and joy for the visit and recited the Salve Regina with them.

The post-consistory visit has become somewhat a tradition, Pope Francis visiting Benedict XVI in 2016 who participated in the consistory’s of years prior in 2014 and 2015.

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