Pope says he’s strengthened, encouraged by talks with Benedict XVI

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Sibiu, Romania, to Rome June 2, 2019. PAUL HARING/CNS via CBCP News
Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Pope Francis said that he continues to visit retired Pope Benedict XVI, 92, who is like a grandfather who continues to encourage him and give him strength.

“I take his hand and let him speak. He speaks little, at his own pace, but with the same profoundness as always. Benedict’s problem are his knees, not his mind. He has a great lucidity,” the pope told journalists June 2 on his return flight from Romania. The pope spent about 35 minutes with reporters on the short flight, answering five questions.

When asked about his relationship with this predecessor, the pope said his conversations with Pope Benedict make him stronger and he compared the knowledge he receives from his predecessor as the sap “from the roots that help me to go forward.

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