Pope to be called ’emeritus pope,’ will wear white

Posters of Pope Benedict XVI are pictured at a gift shop near the St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Slogan between the pictures reads 'Thanks' in Italian. The Vatican on Tuesday answered some of the outstanding questions about Pope Benedict XVI's future once he's retired, saying he'll be known as "emeritus pope" and continue to wear a white cassock. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Posters of Pope Benedict XVI are pictured at a gift shop near the St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Slogan between the pictures reads 'Thanks' in Italian. The Vatican on Tuesday answered some of the outstanding questions about Pope Benedict XVI's future once he's retired, saying he'll be known as "emeritus pope" and continue to wear a white cassock. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (Michael Sohn)
Posted: February 27, 2013

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has answered some of the outstanding questions about Pope Benedict XVI's future once he's retired, saying he'll be known as "emeritus pope," and continue to wear a white cassock.

The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Tuesday that Benedict himself made the decisions.

The pope's title and what he would wear has been a major question ever since Benedict stunned the world and announced he would resign on Thursday. While he will no longer wear his trademark red shoes, Benedict has taken a liking to a pair of hand-crafted brown loafers made for him by artisans in Leon, Mexico and presented to him during his 2012 visit. He will wear them in retirement.

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