The Pope Blog: Pope Francis
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sede Vacante: Pope Benedict XVI Abdicates Papacy
At 8:00 PM CET (Rome time), Pope Benedict XVI officially abdicated the papacy. The Holy See is now
. Benedict XVI is now to be called "Emeritus Pope".
The college of cardinals is currently gathering in Rome and the conclave to elect the next pontiff is expected to begin in early March.
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