Pope Benedict prepares for retirement as His Holiness

Pope Benedict prepares for retirement as His HolinessPope Benedict is set to begin his well-earned retirement this week, and the final preparations for him are currently being put in place. As well as ensuring that he has a suitable home with stairlifts, it has been announced that he will continue to be known as ‘His Holiness’ but will have to return the red leather shoes which are a recognisable papal symbol.

Pope Benedict shocked many across the world when he announced that he would be resigning from his role this week, becoming the first pope in 600 years to step down from his position. The decision to keep his title and continue to wear the white papal robes was made by Benedict after consulting with others in theVatican.

Retirement will allow Pope Benedict to spend his days away from the spotlight, instead meditating and praying within the walls of the Vatican. The decision of who the next pope will be has yet to be made, but 115 cardinals will soon be visiting Rometo hold a vote.


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