No More Red Shoes for Pope Benedict

...who will henceforth be called 'emeritus pope'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 26, 2013 6:49 AM CST

(Newser) – With T-minus two days til his reign as pope ends, the Vatican has answered some of the biggest outstanding questions about Pope Benedict XVI's future once he's retired: He'll be known as "emeritus pope" and continue to wear a white cassock. Benedict himself made the decisions, according to the Vatican spokesman. Quirky side note: 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, and will wear them in retirement.

Pope Benedict XVI touches his face during his last Angelus noon prayer, from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
Pope Benedict XVI touches his face during his last Angelus noon prayer, from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Pope Benedict XVI's red shoes during a visit to the Park East Synagogue in New York, Friday, April 18, 2008.
Pope Benedict XVI's red shoes during a visit to the Park East Synagogue in New York, Friday, April 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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