Pope will surrender title, shoes, upon retirement

12:54 AM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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Pope Benedict XVI retires Thursday, the first Pope to do so in 600 years.

When he steps down, certain papal traditions will be given up.

With the upcoming changing of hands at the Vatican, comes the changing of shoes.

Benedict will trade in his red papal shoes, for loafers given to him by Mexican shoemakers last year during his visit to Leon.

His Holiness will still wear white, but now a simple cossack, instead of the cape many have come to recognize as a sign of the Pope.

His ring, the Fisherman's Ring and his papal seal will be destroyed.

The furniture and art in his current home--all passed on to his successor.

Wednesday, Pope Benedict  made one final trip around Saint Peter's Square in his 'popemobile', to an adoring crowd before he gave his last general blessing.

Thursday, a quiet retirement ceremony will take place. 

The Pope will then take a helicopter to the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, until his new home--a monastery on Vatican grounds--is ready.

He'll keep the name Benedict XVI, but will assume the title of Pope Emeritus.

The cardinals meet on Monday, and will soon after set a date for the conclave--the process of selecting the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church.


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