Pope Francis calls Benedict to wish him happy feast day

2013-03-20 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called Emeritus Pope Benedict to wish him a happy St. Joseph’s feast day March 19th. The Argentine Pope, who placed the call to his German predecessor Joseph Ratzinger shortly after 5:00 pm Rome time Tuesday, once again expressed gratitude to the emeritus pope for his long time service to the Church. The two enjoyed a lengthy and cordial conversation. Since his resignation February 28, Emeritus Pope Benedict has been staying at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, in the Rome countryside until restoration work on his new residence in the Vatican is completed. Benedict has followed with “intense participation” the events of these days, particularly Tuesday morning’s installation liturgy. He assured his Successor that he would could continue to pray for him.