Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has accepted Pope Francis’ invitation to attend tomorrow’s Ordinary Public Consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Although Holy See spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, did not confirm the Pontiff Emeritus’ presence at the consistory during today’s briefing, Vatican Radio confirmed shortly after that Benedict XVI will attend the celebration that will created 20 new cardinals for the Roman Catholic Church.
This isn’t the first time Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has attended a consistory convoked by his successor. He attended last year’s consistory on February 22nd, 2014. Many were touched by the Pontiff Emeritus’ humility when he removed his zucchetto as Pope Francis approached to greet him.