Vatican City, Dec 17, 2016 / 12:41 pm
The Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent birthday greetings to Pope Francis on Saturday, Francis' eightieth birthday.
The Holy See Press Office characterized the written message as "very affectionate" and "particularly appreciated" by the Pope.
Benedict then made a personal call to the Pope.
"In addition, Benedict XVI sent Pope Francis three small gifts that the Holy Father received as three very personal and meaningful signs for both of them," the press office said.