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Pope Francis greeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in July (CNS)

‘He has got thinner but he looks healthier,’ says member of Ratzinger Student Circle

Cardinal Burke confers the award on Fr Twomey in Rome  (Photo: Terry Pender)

Pope gives medal to ex-student

Benedict XVI has awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal to Fr D Vincent Twomey, SVD, professor emeritus of moral theology in Maynooth

Benedict XVI meets Ireland's bishops in 2010 (CNS photo/L' Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Fr Vincent Twomey, a former student of Pope Benedict XVI, says Irish Church has been ‘without any leadership’ for 15 years