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Benedict to be called 'pope emeritus', wear white


Vatican City, February 26 - Benedict XVI will be
called 'pope emeritus' or 'Roman pontiff emeritus' after he
steps down as the head of the Catholic Church on Thursday,
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Tuesday.
Lombardi added that it will still be possible to address
Benedict as "His Holiness".
"He will still be called His Holiness Benedict XVI,"
Lombardi explained.
"It's something that he (Benedict) decided in consultation
with other people, but the pope was the main person to take this
"He consulted the Cardinal Secretary of State and
Camerlengo (Tarcisio Bertone), the (Holy See) Secretariat of
State and the College of Cardinals for advice, but the decision
was his".
Lombardi also revealed how Benedict will dress when he is
no longer pope.
He said the 85-year-old German would continue to wear the
"simple, white" papal cassock without the mozzetta - the short
cape that covers his shoulders.
He added that Benedict will wear brown shoes given to him
by Mexican cobblers during a visit last year rather than the
distinctive red ones he has worn during his papacy that were
made by Italian craftsman Adriano Stefanelli.
"The pope really liked the gift of the shoes made for him
by the artisans of Leon, Mexico, and he will continue to use
them," Lombardi said.
The spokesman confirmed that Benedict's ring of office as
pope will be destroyed, according to Vatican tradition.
He added that Benedict's papers have been split between
documents regarding the government of the Church, "which will go
to the competent archives", and his personal notes, which will
stay with him.
The 85-year-old pope shocked the world on February 11 when
he revealed that would step down from what is usually a life
position at the end of the month.
He said it was for the good of the Church as he lacked the
mental and physical strength to keep leading the world's 1.2
billion Catholics.
The move sparked speculation that Benedict's presence could
overshadow the work of his successor.
But the German pontiff has said he will remain "hidden to
the world" after stepping down.
On Thursday Benedict will move to the papal summer
residence at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome for a few months
before moving to a monastery inside the Vatican that is
currently being renovated.
He is set to hold his last general audience on Wednesday.
His last public act will be to greet the faithful after
arriving at Castel Gandolfo on Thursday.
Benedict's third-last day as pope was a relatively quiet
"He didn't have audiences or speeches today," Lombardi said
"The day has been dedicated to prayer, the preparation of
the engagements of tomorrow and the day after and to the move,
because these are the last days that the pope will be here in
the (papal) apartment in the Vatican".
Lombardi said a pre-conclave meeting of cardinals is likely
to take place on Monday March 4.
The meeting could reveal the date of the start of the
conclave to elect Benedict's successor.
On Monday Benedict issued a decree changing the rules of
the conclave to make it possible for it take place sooner than
the mandatory 15 days from a papacy's end, and so before

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