2 popes may attend canonization

Published Oct 1, 2013 at 05:00AM

The Vatican on Monday said retired Pope Benedict XVI might join Pope Francis in the saint-making ceremony for their predecessors, noting that there was no reason why Benedict should have to watch the ceremony on TV.

“There's no reason — either doctrinal or institutional — that he couldn't participate in a public ceremony,” the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said. “I don't have any reason to exclude it.”

He noted there was still time before the ceremony and that Benedict was free to decide what to do.

Benedict became the first pope in 600 years to retire when he stepped down in February.

— The Associated Press

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