Retired Pope will still wear white and be addressed as ‘Your Holiness’

February 26th, 2013

Fr Lombardi said the Pope would probably wear brown shoes. He said the Pope was “very happy” with a pair of brown shoes he was given in Leon, Mexico, which he visited last year.

Decisions about the emeritus pope’s title and dress were made in consultation with Pope Benedict, the Camerlengo, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and others.

Fr Lombardi also outlined a schedule for Pope Benedict’s last day in office, on Thursday. He said that the Pope will be driven to a helipad in the Vatican at about 4:55 p.m. local time (3: 55 p.m. GMT) and arrive at Castel Gandolfo at 5: 15 p.m.

Benedict XVI’s last public appearance as Pope will take place at 5: 30 p.m., when he greets people at Castel Gandolfo.

At 8 p.m., when his resignation takes effect, the Swiss Guards, who only guard the Pope, will withdraw from the villa at Castel Gandolfo, and the Vatican police will take over the responsibility for his security.