Call him emeritus pope

Call him emeritus pope

Pope Benedict XVI is driven through the crowd in his pope-mobile as he arrives to celebrate his last general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, recalling moments of “joy and light” during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “emeritus pope” in his retirement, addressed as “Your Holiness” and continue to wear the white cassock associated with the papacy, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Benedict will no longer wear his trademark red shoes, but he has taken a liking to a pair of handcrafted brown loafers made for him by artisans in Leon, Mexico, and given to him during his 2012 visit. He will wear those in retirement, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

Benedict’s lead seal and his ring of office, known as the “ring of the fisherman,” will be destroyed according to Church rules, just as if he had died.

Lombardi said that Benedict himself decided on his name and wardrobe in consultation with others, settling on “Your Holiness Benedict XVI” and either “emeritus pope” or “emeritus Roman pontiff.”

Lombardi said he didn’t know why Benedict had decided to drop his other main title: bishop of Rome.

SOURCE:  http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/02/28/914037/call-him-emeritus-pope

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