Benedict XVI has returned to Vatican for first time since his resignation. The pope Emeritus was greeted by Pope Francis.
Days after his inauguration, Pope Francis is set to return to a packed St Peter's Square for Palm Sunday Mass.
The Mass, which begins the start of Holy Week towards Easter, is set to be attended by thousands of pilgrims in Rome.
Yesterday, Pope Francis flew south of the city for an historic lunch meeting with his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict.
Pope Francis lunched with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVII today in an historic meeting between the new pope and his predecessor.Read the full story ›
Pope Francis flew to Gandolfo Castle, his predecessor's home south of Rome, for today's historic private lunch with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVII.
The pair warmly embraced each other and shared a few quiet words before heading inside to pray together and dine.
Pope Francis is due to have lunch with his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVII, in an event that is believed to be the first ever meeting between a Pope and a former Pope.
Pope Francis will meet with Benedict for a private lunch at his castle residence south of Rome. The new head of the church is usually only elected once the predecessor has passed away, making this a first in the Catholic church.
Pope Francis has telephones his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict, and will visit him soon, according to Vatican sources.
The door has closed on Benedict XVI's time as Pope, as, for the first time in six centuries, the pontiff stepped down.
The now Pope Emeritus delivered his final papal message from the balcony of his temporary home in Castel Gandolfo which was, "Thank you all. Goodnight".
The Twitter updates written by Benedict XVI on the Pontifex account have been deleted.
The Twitter account is now titled "Sede Vacante", the Latin phrase for "the seat being vacant".