Popes Francis and Benedict Break Bread at Vatican

For a truly holy meal

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Former Pope Benedict XVI accepted an invitation to lunch from his successor, Pope Francis, and the two dined together at Francis Residence inside the Vatican Friday.

No details on the meal were released, except that the pontiffs were joined by personal secretaries and two other Vatican officials, the Associated Press reports.

Francis invited his predecessor to lunch when the two met on December 23 at the Monastary in the Vatican where Benedict has lived largely in seclusion since retiring on February 28.

Friday was not the first time the pope’s have dined together. Just 10 days after Francis’s election to the head up the Catholic church, he paid a visit to Benedict at the Vatican’s vacation retreat where he was staying before moving to the monastery.