2 men in white at Vatican
as former pope returns
VATICAN CITY – Two months after his historic resignation, Benedict XVI returned by helicopter yesterday to the Vatican, where he will live in a former monastery in an unprecedented arrangement that will see a pope and a former pope both housed in the tiny state.
It was a low-key return for the 86-year-old Benedict, now pope emeritus, who looked extremely frail at his last public appearance in March and said upon his resignation that he would live "hidden from the world."
Benedict left by helicopter from Castel Gandolfo outside Rome, the papal lakeside residence where he has been staying since he stepped down at the end of February, and touched down in the Vatican at around 1430 GMT.