Pope Benedict Will Be Known As “Pope Emeritus” 13

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.”

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Farewell to Papa

This is no ordinary farewell. As they say in Italian, “Sempre tutti insieme!”

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!)


  1. Excellent, James.

    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!

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