Second Photo of Two Popes
A second photo of the “two Popes” from May 2, the day of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s return to the Vatican, has emerged.
The photo depicts Benedict, 86, with Pope Francis, 76, in prayer in the chapel at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican gardens, where Benedict will now be living.
The photo shows the slight difference in the clothing of the two men. Pope Francis wheres a shoulder cape and waist sash that Emeritus Pope Benedict does not wear.
The cross in the chapel is a crucifix, and the altar is close to the wall. It is not clear from this photo how much rrom there is between the altar and the wall and whether one can walk around the altar easily, or not.
The tabernacle is directly below the crucifix, at the center of the altar.
The candles set up on the altar are on the side near the wall, suggesting that Mass at this altar would be celebrated from the side of the altar facing the wall, with the host and chalice raised toward the crucified Christ at the moment of consecration.
Christ is at the center in this simple chapel, on the cross, in the tabernacle, and in relation to the prayer of those kneeling before him.