Francis Congratulates Benedict XVI for Feast of St. Joseph

Holy Father Calls Pope Emeritus for His Name Day

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This morning, Pope Francis called his predecessor to congratulate him for the feast of St. Joseph, his name day.

According to the Holy See Press Office, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI congratulated the Holy Father on the 2ndanniversary of the Inauguration Mass of his Petrine Ministry in 2013.

Pope Francis chose to inaugurate his pontificate on the feast of St. Joseph.

Benedict XVI lives a quiet life at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, located within Vatican City where he lives a life of prayer. The Pontiff Emeritus is seen rarely in public.

“I am simply a pilgrim who begins the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth,” he said on the final day of his pontificate from the balcony of the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo. 

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