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Pope Benedict XVI Keeps His Name After Resignation

Eric Parra |
February 26, 2013 | 7:13 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Benedict XVI will be the first pope to resign in 600 years. (Catholic Church/Creative Commons)
Benedict XVI will be the first pope to resign in 600 years. (Catholic Church/Creative Commons)
Pope Benedict XVI, having resigned his title of Pope from the Vatican, will keep his name of Benedict XVI and become the Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus.

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With two days until Benedict’s official resignation on Thursday February 28th, more details have begun to come in as to what will happen when the pope gives up his title. 

From The New York Times

“Benedict, the first pope to resign voluntarily in six centuries, will dress in a simple white cassock, forgoing the mozzetta, the elbow-length cape worn by some Catholic clergymen, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told reporters at a news briefing.

And 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. ”

Lombardi went on to explain that Benedict will keep his current name and still be referred to as “his holiness,” but also as pope emeritus, emeritus pope or Roman pontifex emeritus, and will move into seclusion and prayer.  

From NPR:  

“Benedict is expected to reside in a former nunnery inside the Vatican walls just a few hundred yards from where his successor will reside, in the Vatican Palace. But first he'll reside temporarily at Castel Gandolfo outside the Vatican until renovations at the three-story nunnery are complete.”

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Benedict will still hold his weekly scheduled audience on Wednesday, for which 50,0000 seats have been requested, and from there meet with and undergo the various farewells to the other members of the important constitution that consists of the Pope’s regular life. 

Following the ceremony, Father Lambardi commented that the College of Cardinals should be meeting on Monday to discuss and determine the path to Benedict’s successor.





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