VATICAN CITY (AP) — There soon will be two pontiffs, each wearing white and each called "pope" living a few yards apart, with the same archbishop serving both.
The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI has decided that he will be known as "emeritus pope" in his retirement and will be called "Your Holiness" as an honorific and will continue to wear the white cassock associated with the papacy.
There has been good reason why popes haven't retired in centuries past, given the possibility for divided allegiances and even schism. But the Vatican insists that while the situation created by Benedict's retirement is certainly unique, no major conflicts should result.
Critics aren't so sure. Some Vatican-based cardinals say it will make it more difficult for the next pope with Benedict still around.
Adding to the concern is that Benedict's trusted secretary will be serving both pontiffs — living with Benedict at the monastery being converted for him inside the Vatican while keeping his day job as prefect of the new pope's household.
234-c-11-(Nicole Winfield, AP correspondent)-"as a cardinal"-AP correspondent Nicole Winfield reports that Pope Benedict has made some decisions about how he will be addressed and how he will dress when he leaves the papacy. (26 Feb 2013)
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235-c-17-(Nicole Winfield, AP correspondent)-"be crystal clear"-AP correspondent Nicole Winfield reports that Pope Benedict's decision to stay in the Vatican and to call himself emeritus pope have raised some questions inside and outside the Vatican. ((note: reference to 8pm is local time in Rome)) (26 Feb 2013)
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173-a-10-(Rev. Thomas Rosica (roh-SEE'-kah), Vatican spokesman, at news conference)-"Roman Pontiff Emeritus"-Vatican spokesman Rev. Thomas Rosica says Pope Benedict has settled on what he will be called after his resignation later this week. (26 Feb 2013)
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