The Holy See press office has revealed that Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called Pope Emeritus, reports the Catholic News Agency.
“He will still be called His Holiness Benedict XVI,” said the press office director, Father Federico Lombardi.
“But he will also be called Pope Emeritus or Roman Pontiff Emeritus,” he added at the press meeting yesterday.
Pope Benedict is currently receiving hundreds of letters from authorities from around the world bidding him farewell.
“He has put his personal secretary and head of the pontifical household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, in charge of reading them and passing their messages to the Pope,” said Fr Lombardi.
There will also be a highly symbolic moment to signal the end of the Pope’s ministry. The Swiss Guards will be standing at the gates of Castel Gandolfo and at 8pm. they will leave their stations.
“They symbolically protect the Pope, so they will no longer be necessary. But don’t worry because there will still be Vatican police protecting the Vatican gardens and its surroundings,” Fr Lombardi explained.
Fifty thousand tickets have been given out for Pope Benedict’s last general audience tomorrow, but Vatican officials are expecting more people.
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