Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 file photo, Pope Francis, right, hugs Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI prior to the start of a meeting with elderly faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
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Retired Pope Benedict XVI endorsed Pope Francis' mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring a reigning pope honoring a retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.The ceremony served in part to show continuity from Benedict to Francis amid continued nostalgia from some conservatives for Benedict's tradition-minded papacy.The audience took place in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the same marble and fresco-filled room where Benedict bid a final farewell to his cardinals on Feb. 28, 2013, becoming the first pope in 600 years to resign.Francis has recently dismissed new questions about the implications of Benedict's resignation by insisting that there is only one pope -- himself -- and that Benedict had pledged his obedience on the day he resigned.
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