Pope Francis says he draws strength from relationship with Benedict XVI

By Courtney Grogan, 6 June 2019
Pope Francis answers questions during the inflight press conference as he returns from Romania. Image: ANSA/Vatican News.


Pope Francis said Sunday that his relationship with Benedict XVI gives him strength and reminds him of the living tradition of the Church.

“When I hear him speak, I become strong. I hear this story of the Church,” Pope Francis said of Benedict in an in-flight press conference June 2.

Speaking aboard the papal flight returning from Romania, Francis said that each time he visits the pope emeritus, he feels more like family.

“Every time I go to visit him, I feel like that, I take his hand and get him to talk. He speaks little, slowly, but with the same depth, as always — because Benedict’s problem is his knees, not his head,” he said.

“He has a great lucidity, as always,” Francis added.

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With thanks to Catholic News Agency and Courtney Grogan, where this article originally appeared.


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