(DAILYMAIL) — Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict embraced today in a historic meeting of two popes at Castel Gandolfo.

The men met on the helipad at the papal summer retreat, before praying together in the chapel.

Benedict offered Francis the kneeler traditionally used by the pope when he prays.

But Francis refused to take it alone, saying ‘We’re brothers’, and the two used a different kneeler in the pews and prayed together, side-by-side.

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