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Benedict makes surprise entrance at St Peter's Basilica to attend new cardinals ceremony

Saturday, 22 February 2014 - 3:36pm IST | Agency: Reuters

  • Benedict XVI with Pope Francis AFP

 Former Pope Benedict on Saturday made a surprise entrance into St. Peter's Basilica to attend a ceremony at which his successor, Pope Francis, was elevating 19 prelates to the high rank of cardinal.

Benedict, 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.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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