Pope Benedict XVI will be known as "pope emeritus" and can continue to wear the white papal cassock after he steps down this week, the Vatican said Tuesday.
Pope Benedict XVI's leads the Angelus prayer from the window of his appartments on February 24, 2013 at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will have the official title of "pontiff emeritus" after he resigns on Thursday -- the first leader of the Catholic Church to do so since the Middle Ages, the Vatican said.
The retiring leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics can still be referred to as "His Holiness Benedict XVI" and will have the additional title of "Roman pontiff emeritus", Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.
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