Pope to be called ‘emeritus pope,’ will wear white

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Posters of Pope Benedict XVI are pictured at a gift shop near the St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Slogan between the pictures reads ‘Thanks’ in Italian. The Vatican on Tuesday answered some of the outstanding questions about Pope Benedict XVI’s future once he’s retired, saying he’ll be known as “emeritus pope” and continue to wear a white cassock. AP/Michael Sohn

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “emeritus pope” in his retirement and will continue to wear a white cassock, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

The pope’s title and what he would wear has been a major question ever since Benedict stunned the world and announced he would resign on Thursday, the first pontiff to do so in 600 years.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Benedict himself had made the decision in consultation with others.

Benedict decided he would be called “Your Holiness Benedict XVI” and either emeritus pope or emeritus Roman pontiff, Lombardi said.

While he will no longer wear his trademark red shoes, Benedict has taken a liking to a pair of hand-crafted brown loafers made for him by artisans in Leon, Mexico, and presented to him during his 2012 visit. He will wear those in retirement, Lombardi said.

Lombardi also elaborated on the College of Cardinals meetings that will take place after the papacy becomes vacant — crucial gatherings in which cardinals will discuss the problems facing the church and set a date for the start of the conclave to elect Benedict’s successor.

The first meeting isn’t now expected until March 4, Lombardi said, since the official convocation to cardinals to come to Rome will only go out on March 1 — the first day of what’s known as the “sede vacante,” or the vacancy between papacies.

In all 115 cardinals under the age of 80 are expected in Rome for the conclave to vote on who should become the next pope; 2 other eligible cardinals have already said they are not coming, one from Britain and another from Indonesia. Cardinals who are 80 and older can join the College meetings but are not part of the conclave and can’t vote.

Benedict on Monday gave the cardinals the go-ahead to move up the start date of the conclave — tossing out the traditional 15-day waiting period. But the cardinals won’t actually set a date for the conclave until they begin meeting officially on March 4.

Lombardi also further described Benedict’s final 48 hours as pope: On Tuesday, he was packing, arranging for documents to be sent to the various archives at the Vatican and separating out the personal papers he will take with him into retirement.

On Wednesday, Benedict will hold his final public general audience in St. Peter’s Square at which 50,000 tickets have already been requested. He won’t greet visiting prelates or VIPs as he normally does at the end but will greet some visiting political leaders — from San Marino, Andorra and his native Bavaria — privately afterwards.

On Thursday, the pope meets with his cardinals in the morning and then flies by helicopter at 5 p.m. to Castel Gandolfo, the papal residence south of Rome. He will greet parishioners there from the palazzo’s loggia (balcony) — his final public act as pope.

And at 8 p.m., the exact time at which his retirement becomes official, the Swiss Guards standing outside the doors of the palazzo at Castel Gandolfo will go inside, their service protecting the head of the Catholic Church now finished.

Benedict’s personal security will be assured by Vatican police, Lombardi said.

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  • Noel

    I don’t understand why the Pope should be called “Erectus Pope”.

    • superpilipinas

      He-he-he. I don’t understand why you call yourself Noel.

      • UrHONOR

        AND you think you can understand why you call thyself superpilipinas?

      • huseng_batute

        Bakit nga pala “UrHONOR” ang napili mo? :)

      • UrHONOR

        1) Maling sapantaha na ako ang pumili.

        2) Sabihin mo muna ang dahilan ng SN mo saka ko sasabihin ang sa akin.

        3) Mukhang pinahahaba mo lamang ang thread na ito.

        4) Kung hindi kulay kape na ang puti mong medyas noon, anong kulay na ngayon?

        5) Tinanggap ni RATZY ang pagiging pope sa pamamagitan ng pagbigkas ng I accept o Recipio, tulad ng hinalinhinan nya at lahat pa nng na-una sa kanya.  Yong pinalitan niya na is JP!! ay halos magkandamatay na sa pagtupad ng tinanggap niyang pananagutan….may sakit at matanda na din.  Hindi siya nagbitiw sa katungkulang kanyang inako.  Bakit ngayon itong TNL na German Shepherd, e, nagladlad ng kanyang kabaklaan at umatras sa pinanumpaan niyang pananagutan na, ayon sa paniniwala o faith ng marami ay, “made by god”?  ‘LAKING KAHIBANGAN!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AMAFMGL7XLSNBSZ4E7P3YKFVLA Eric

         mas malaking kahibangan ka…dapat nasa mental hospital ka!

      • UrHONOR

        HINDI na…..ayaw kong makasama ka…..sa palasyo na lang ako ni Ratzy…..malaki na, magara pa.  Daming kape’r Rosario doon!  :)

      • huseng_batute

        “3) Mukhang pinahahaba mo lamang ang thread na ito.”

        I don’t care whatever issues you guys may have.  I found humour in the trend of asking the last poster about his username. 

        Cheers!

      • UrHONOR

        OH..ganun ga?  OO nga, pati ba naman ang SN ay ginagawang issue….unless done facetiously that oftentimes is hard to discern considering that many take things here ad litteram.  Well, cheers, as well to you!

  • UrHONOR

    YONG kalsunsilyo, ano kulay?  Hindi ko na tatanungin pa yong bra dahil hindi na uso ngayon yon.  Pero yong girdle, malamang puti din.  PHSAW!  (pati kulay ng isusuot, e, ginagawang feast day.  SO WHAT…who gives a phuck kung anong kulay at kung ano isusuot o ipasu-suot sa German Shepherd….bakit may kinalamman ba ang TNL na paksang yan sa buhay at kabuhayan ng mga tao?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AMAFMGL7XLSNBSZ4E7P3YKFVLA Eric

       You’re SICK!

      • UrHONOR

        OO nga….. doktor ka ba?

  • buttones

    Interesting, all this pomp and ceremony- I wonder what happens to the red shoes? I understand these are made by Gucci and cost $2000 a pair, so I guess Gucci has a stock in various sizes ready at a moments notice for any new Pope coming in. Usually dead Popes are buried in their red shoes, being an ‘ex-pope’ is quite unusual isn’t it, so this question of what to do with the red shoes must be a hot topic in the Vatican, they cannot be passed on because they may not fit the new guy, and who would want to wear secondhand shoes anyway? Poor people maybe, but certainly not a Pope.. They should put them on E-bay and raise some cash and donate the proceeds to some worthwhile cause, Italian shoemakers for example or Italy even…. Or put them in a museum like Dorothy’s red slippers are, so people could pay to come and see them. I’m not saying I personally would fly all the way to Rome just to see a pair of red slippers, no, I wouldn’t even go Imelda’s place to see her collection, which is a lot bigger that the Pope’s believe me, but some people might….Anyway, at least the ex-Pope will have shoes to wear in his retirement, not red of course but rather a dull shade of brown apparently….which still provides a contrast to the white cassock, so he’ll still cut quite a figure on ceremonial occasions…Off the subject of shoes for a moment, all this election of a new Pope must be very expensive, flying in Cardinals from here and there, [first class I assume] accommodation, pick ups from the airport and what not- they should do it over Skype- a sort of video conference call thingy, and with the money saved they could buy…yes, some shoes!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D6D2SXDQZKWPZNATBC7YIPOF7A RoderickT

    Why they call a mere human “Holy Father?” We have only one Holy Father, that is, our Creator, our God. Pope Benedict is a human and he is a sinners, as no one is perfect here on earth.

    • jundemar cabeguin

      ask the church

    • buttones

      I have no idea! Maybe some people are less sinful than others? It is a generally accepted principal that the Pope is a sort of intermediary between God and us lot, so when one is in the presence of a Pope one is in the presence of God. It’s a bit like talking to Abigail instead of Aquino… sort of, but not quite……

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