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Pope Francis publishes first encyclical with Benedict

'Light of Faith' written by four hands, says Francis

Pope Francis publishes first encyclical with Benedict

Vatican City, July 5 - Only months after his election, Pope Francis published his first encyclical on Friday, built on work by his predecessor Benedict XVI. "Lumen Fidei" or "The Light of Faith" includes extensive work by Benedict before he abdicated from the position in February. "It's an encyclical written by four hands, so to speak, because Pope Benedict began writing it and he gave it to me," Francis recently told bishops in Rome. Francis was elected pope less than four months ago, making the publication of this encyclical something of a modern record. The encyclical was to have been Benedict's fourth, following the best-selling trilogy Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), published in 2006, Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope), in 2007, and Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), in 2009.

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