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Pope Visits Retired Pontiff after Doctored Letter Scandal

Pope Visits Retired Pontiff after Doctored Letter Scandal

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 03:38 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has visited retired Pope Benedict XVI in the first known contact between the two popes following a major gaffe by Francis' communications chief over his misrepresentation of a letter from Benedict.

The Vatican press office said Francis called on Benedict on Tuesday to bring him Easter greetings.

The meeting, however, came a week after Francis' hand-picked communications czar, Monsignor Dario Vigano, was forced to resign over the so-called Lettergate scandal.

Vigano partially revealed the contents of a private letter from Benedict to make it seem as if he endorsed a new volume of books about Francis' theology, when he hadn't read it. Vigano then had a photo of the letter doctored to blur out Benedict's full caveat.

The scandal led to accusations the Vatican was spreading "fake news."

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