What Benedict keeps, leaves behind as he abdicates position

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

Andrew Medichini/Associated Press

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.


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.

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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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