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Benedict joins Francis in historic ceremony

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Newly-elected Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, right, is greeted by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI after he received the red three-cornered biretta hat during a consistory inside the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb.22, 2014. Pope Francis is putting a personal imprint on the group of men who will choose his successor, tapping like-minded cardinals from some of the world's smallest, most remote and poverty-wracked nations to help him run the Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 creating the cardinals who will elect their successor in an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future.

Benedict discreetly entered St. Peter's Basilica from a side entrance surrounded by a small entourage and was greeted with applause and tears from the stunned people in the pews. He smiled, waved and seemed genuinely happy to be there, taking his seat in the front row, off to the side, alongside the red-draped cardinals.

It was the first time Benedict and Francis have appeared together at a public liturgical ceremony since Benedict retired a year ago and became the first pope to step down in more than 600 years. (AP)

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