Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope will have Church escort after stepping down

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Vatican City, February 14 - The Vatican on Thursday
said that Benedict XVI will always be accompanied by Church
officials wherever he goes once he steps down at the end of the
month.
According to Vatican Spokesman Federico Lombardi, Benedict
will be escorted by Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, his personal
secretary and head of the Papal Household, or by members of
Memores Domini, a lay group that practices obedience, poverty
and chastity, and has overseen Benedict's Vatican apartment
during his pontificate.
After retiring on February 28, Benedict will stay at the
papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome before
moving to a monastery inside the Vatican that is currently being
renovated.
Lombardi said the retired pope will have an escort at both
locations.
On Monday Benedict became the first pope in modern history
to announce he would voluntarily step down from an otherwise
lifetime position, prompting many to wonder how the Vatican
would manage the rest of his life once a new pope assumes power.

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