Ex-pope Benedict XVI will attend sainthood ceremony

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the canonisation ceremony to elevate John Paul II and John XXIII to sainthood and will celebrate mass with Pope Francis, the Vatican said Saturday.

The presence of the 87-year-old former pontiff, who resigned last year and lives a secluded life within the Vatican walls, will for the first time ever see two living popes together to celebrate two deceased predecessors.

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