Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pope to be addressed as emeritus after retirement

There have been speculations on how the  pope will be addressed after retirement. To put an end to these speculations, the Vatican announced yesterday how the pope will be addressed once he ceases to be the pope.
 He will retain the name Benedict XVI and become the Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus.

The Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope will continue to dress in a simple white cassock, forgoing the mozzetta, the elbow-length cape worn by some Catholic clergymen.
He will no longer wear the red shoes typically worn by popes, symbolizing the blood of the martyrs, Father Lombardi said, opting instead for a more quotidian brown.

On Thursday afternoon, he will depart for Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of popes, where he will remain until restorations are complete on the Vatican convent where he will live out his days.

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