A pontifical first happened Saturday, when for the first time in recorded modern public history a new pope met with his predecessor.
Pope Francis met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Saturday morning for a private chat followed by a lunch at the papal summer residence just outside Rome.
Outside of Castel Gandolfo a crowd of well-wishers gathered to catch a glimpse of the historic event.
Benedict has been living at the papal summer villa since he resigned in February, making him the first pope to step down in 600 years.
He plans to remain at the villa where he says he will live out his final years in prayer.
There has been no public record of any previous meeting between a pope and former pontiff, as previous to Benedict’s retirement a pope only took office after the previous pope died.