Vatican News reported this morning that Pope Benedict will be known as ‘Pope emeritus’ or ‘Pontiff emeritus.’ He’ll keep the name of ‘His Holiness, Benedict XVI,’ and will wear a white cassock without the cape called a ‘mozzetta.’
“On the morning of 28 February, the last day of his pontificate, the Pope will meet with, again in the Clementine Hall, the cardinals what are present in Rome. At 4:55pm, in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Vatican Apostolic Palace and before a detachment of the Swiss Guards, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., secretary of State of His Holiness, and and other members of that dicastery will bid him farewell. The Pope’s helicopter will land at Castel Gandolfo at 5:15pm, where he will be received by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello and Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, respectively president and secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City State along with Bishop Marcello Semeraro of the Diocese of Albano, and civil authorities of the locality.”
And now for a little interactive fun! Do you want to see how a Pope is elected from inside the walls of the Sistine Chapel? Click here for an interactive demo (FUN!)
God bless this man with peace and joy as he continues to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. I am Protestant but loved Pope John Paul and this pope as well.
He is certainly an inspirational and holy man who seeks Christian unity and holiness centered on Christ for all people.
Thanks for your comment, Tannngl!
I recall studying many of the customs for electing the new Pope (I was in junior high during the election of Popes John Paul 1 & 2, and we discussed it for days), but don’t believe we covered ALL of this.
And at any rate, I’d forgotten much of it over the past 35 years.
Many thanks, and our continued prayers for both Pope Benedict and our new Pontiff, as well!
Here is something else you might be interested in, JTR.
I just adopted Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn from Vietnam! And you can adopt a cardinal too. Here is the link: Adopt a Cardinal
I noticed this a little late, after I posted this morning. I’ll probably include it in tomorrow’s post.
Joining you in prayer for our Pope and his next successor. God bless!
Thanks for the Adopt A Cardinal link. I’ve just adopted Cardinal John Njue from Nairobi Kenya.
Fascinating. Thanks for posting this.
How fortuitous! I will use this little animation this morning in my World History class! Thanks.
Terrific! I’m sure the kids will love it.
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Thanks for this timely informative post. The little interactive link was great. I shared it with quite a few people today.
Thanks for sharing the interactive link. I’m sure many people will enjoy it and keep sharing it around. God bless!