February 26th, 2013
07:56 AM ET

Vatican reveals Pope Benedict's new title

By the CNN Wires staff

(CNN) – Pope Benedict XVI will keep the title "his holiness" once he retires and will be called "pontiff emeritus," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters at the Vatican on Tuesday.

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

The Roman Catholic Church's cardinals will meet at the Vatican to elect a successor. The election is expected to start in March, though the exact date isn't yet known.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. kevobx

    Free will brings misery and sorrows for the world? The ark of the covenant is the Bible. The Word of God and the word of the Lord. God or Satan those in the middle are these lukewarm people who are stuck in the matrix. *Exodus 13:11-12 And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee, That thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the maxtrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the Lord's. *Exodus 13:15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would harldly let us go, that the Lord slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. *1st Samuel 4:22 and she said, The glory is departed Israel: for the ark of God is taken. *Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. *Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

    March 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  2. kevobx

    Non believers in the world need a new heart, their heart is harden in pride? From the new testament (Hebrew 8:10) & the old testament (Jeremiah 31:33) *Luke 2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. *Jeremiah 17:5 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? *Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    March 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  3. kevobx

    Mother nature is a god? *Luke 12:55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. *Isaiah 21:1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land. *Acts 8:26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. *Matthew 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? *Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. *Psalm 75:6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. *Luke 12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how it that ye do not discern this time? *Jeremiah 22:22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness. *Micah 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

    March 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • End Religion

      we are all related; related to everything in the universe. We are made of stardust. We are made of the building blocks of the universe, atoms from exploded stars, like all other things. We have come through the tumultuous birth of the universe and were fortunate enough to have a planet an acceptable distance from its sun, with a moon and an atmosphere that gave life a chance to flourish, and it did.

      Then we were fortunate enough in all those millions of years to have had enough comet strikes to obliterate the animals who used to rule the planet, to make way for us to evolve. We're still fighting with insects and bacteria for control of the planet, but for now we're doing OK. After all this, you want to deny letting your puppy know all this wonderful news?

      March 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  4. kevobx

    Christ spoke about Satan, why do you reject him? *Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. *Revelation 1:3 for the time is at hand. *1st Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: *Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. *Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. *Proverbs 21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. *Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. *2nd Kings 12:16 The trepass money and sin money was not brought into the house of the Lord: it was the priests'. *Isaiah 45:20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. *Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. (Revelation 19:20) *Numbers 2:33 But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses. *Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

    March 5, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • End Religion

      "Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can fuck off." – Richard Dawkins

      March 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  5. EvidenceBased4

    How about, The Failed Infallible?

    March 3, 2013 at 10:47 am |
  6. Pope-On-A-Rope Soap

    Chairman of the Barred

    February 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      ........just be careful not to drop the soap in the shower.

      February 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
  7. ronvan

    Staying in Vatican City! You Bet! Doesn't he have a "warrant" out for his arrest related to war crimes?

    February 27, 2013 at 7:41 am |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!,

      February 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • Terry

      Mithra changes things.

      February 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
  9. Woody

    "........will no longer use the Fisherman's Ring, the symbol of the pope, Lombardi said. The ring will be destroyed....."

    Why don't they auction the ring off and give the money to the needy and starving? Oh, that's right, the Vatican NEVER sells off any of their vast gold inventory to give to the needy and starving.
    The ex Pope now has to wear brown shoes? No more red shoes? Oh my god, what a cross to bear!

    February 26, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • ronvan


      February 27, 2013 at 7:39 am |
  10. Franklin

    How about "Sarah Palin of the Papacy"?

    February 26, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  11. Al

    "Pontiff emeritus" which is Latin for "boy lover".

    February 26, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  12. Popetard

    "Pope Pedophile Protector" or PP for short.

    February 26, 2013 at 9:22 am |
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