Vatican reveals Pope Benedict XVI's new title
February 26th, 2013
07:27 AM ET

Vatican reveals Pope Benedict XVI's new title

[Updated at 8:26 a.m. ET] We're getting details about the future of the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

The pontiff will keep the name Benedict XVI and the title "his holiness" once he retires. He also will be known as pope emeritus, emeritus pope or Roman pontifex emeritus, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters at the Vatican on Tuesday.

Benedict surprised the world when he announced earlier this month that he would retire effective this Thursday.

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  1. BOMBO

    pontifex emeritus was a dromaeosaur which lived between 120-90 million years ago. It stood 6-9 feet tall and weighed about the same as a Honda accord, and was known for its razor sharp teeth and claws. Several specimens have been found over the years and can be viewed in a number of museums including the Smithsonian.

    February 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    I was betting he would just be referred to as "old Joe Ratzinger", but I guess that name lacked the panache of "pontifex emeritus".

    February 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tvnyc

    I love catholics, i love God, I love Mary,, and i Love Jesus. I love Pope Benedict.

    February 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maximo

      you are wise and close to GOD. I was gojng to say the same thing. love Christ , the virging and the Church and the Pope.

      February 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. USA Bob

    Vice Pope ?

    February 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Or-

    the Pope Mother

    February 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |