Pope Francis I meeting Benedict XVI
Vatican City, Mar 15, 2013 - The press secretary for the Vatican Father Thomas Rosica said that, there was a phone call between the two of them, and I think it would have been a very warm phone call. The pope himself, Pope Francis, told us that that happened, and it's a great way to start off the pontificate. We heard from the balcony, one of the first things that Pope Francis said was, "Join me, please, in saying some prayers of Thanksgiving for him." He invited this massive crowd to pray the "Our Father" and the "Hail Mary" for his predecessor, Pope Benedict .
Also he added that it's likely they both will meet tomorrow or the next day.
Later the Vatican spokesman Father Frederico Lombardi confirmed that Pope Francis has postponed his plan to visit Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo this Thursday.
Pope Francis has a set schedule before his installation on March 19.
Paul VI Audience Hall, at 11:00
Audience to the media representatives
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Saint Peter's Square, at 12:00
Saint Peter's Square, at 9:30
Celebration of Holy Mass for the beginning of the Petrine Ministry
Audience to the Fraternal Delegates
Also, Pope Francis is expected to soon choose the Vatican's new secretary of state.
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