Vatican Outlines Pope's Future
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.
The Pontiff is said to have set some rules for the selection process for his successor including, excommunication for anyone taking part who speaks publicly about the conclave.
The Cardinals were expected to gather on Friday where they would set a date for the conclave to begin, but it appears that they will now meet on Monday at the earliest.
(w files from the Associated Press)