Pope Benedict will keep the honorific His Holiness after he resigns on Thursday and will be known as “pope emeritus”, the Vatican has said.

He will wear a simple white cassock and his ring of office as pope will be destroyed according to Vatican tradition, a spokesman told a briefing on Tuesday.

Benedict will become the first pope in some six centuries to resign instead of ruling for life.

Given the rarity of the occasion, Vatican officials have been holding discussions about what he will be called and how he will dress.

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

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.

Benedict to become ‘pope emeritus’ after resignation – The Guardian
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