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What Benedict keeps, leaves behind as he abdicates position

Pope Benedict XVI greeted the crowd Thursday at the papal residence of Castel Gandolfo.

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Pope Benedict XVI greeted the crowd Thursday at the papal residence of Castel Gandolfo.

What Benedict leaves behind

Fisherman’s ring ­— The ring Benedict uses to officially seal documents to ensure authenticity will be destroyed using a special silver hammer. “This is to make sure no one will forge a document in the pope’s name after the pope dies,” Maureen Tilley, a theology professor at Fordham University, told the New York Daily News.

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Red shoes — The Vatican said Benedict would abandon his signature ruby red shoes in retirement and wear a brown pair he was given in the city of Leon, Mexico.

Swiss guards — The Pontifical Swiss Guard that has protected Benedict will continue to guard Vatican City’s entrances and the pope’s palace. Vatican police will guard Benedict in his retirement.

What doesn’t change

His name — Benedict will keep the name Benedict XVI and be referred to as the pope emeritus.

His attire — Benedict will still wear a white cassock, but will forgo the mozzetta, the cape worn by some Catholic clergymen.

SOURCES: Associated Press, New York Times

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