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In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, left, welcomes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a consistory inside the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at a ceremony Saturday creating the cardinals who will elect their successor in an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

Benedict joins Francis in historic ceremony

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 creating the cardinals who will elect their successor in an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future.

Benedict discreetly entered St. Peter's Basilica from a side entrance surrounded by a small entourage and was greeted with applause and tears from the stunned people in the pews. He smiled, waved and seemed genuinely happy to be there, taking his seat in the front row, off to the side, alongside the red-draped cardinals.

It was the first time Benedict and Francis have appeared together at a public liturgical ceremony since Benedict retired a year ago and became the first pope to step down in more than 600 years. (AP)

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