As Pope Francis approached the altar he paused for a moments to greet his predecessor:
pic.twitter.com/o1tejQjmZMNotice that Benedict XVI has removed his zuchetto and holds it in his left hand as he embraces Pope Francis.
— Pope2You (@Pope2YouVatican) February 22, 2014
Whenever a Bishop or Cardinal - or anyone else entitled to wear the zuchetto - is in the presence of the Bishop of Rome, etiquette requires the junior to remove his zuchetto in the presence of the superior. By this simple gesture, Benedict XVI has demonstrated that he is not the Supreme Pontiff and that Pope Francis is his legitimate successor, contrary to recent claims by certain members in the international media.