It’s official. After Pope Benedict steps down Thursday he’ll be addressed as “His Holiness” and have the official name and title “His Holiness Benedict XVI, Roman pontiff emeritus.” Beats going back to Joe Ratzinger. He’ll still wear his white robes, though without the spiffy papal adornments, but not his beloved red shoes. The word is he’ll wear brown ones that “he spotted and liked in Mexico.” Vatican staffers are planning a going away party for him at Noctuam Sonus — he loves their chicken wings — where he’ll be given a gold watch. With Roman numerals, of course.
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