VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican this afternoon to take up permanent residence in a renovated monastery.
Benedict XVI’s helicopter arrived from the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo shortly after 4:45pm local time. He was accompanied by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the pontifical household.
Among those greeting Benedict XVI at the heliport were Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals; Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state; and Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the governatorate of Vatican city state.
The pope emeritus was then transferred to his new residence, the renovated monastery Mater...READ MORE