Pope Benedict XVI to be called Rome's bishop emeritus

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

POPE Benedict XVI will be known as Joseph Ratzinger, Bishop Emeritus of Rome, once his resignation takes effect on Thursday night.

The cardinals around the world will then meet in a conclave to vote for his successor sometime in March. They will be locked up in the Sistine Chapel inside Vatican in Rome to elect the new head of the Roman Catholic Church, said retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz.

Cruz said the cardinals aged 80 years old and below would each cast a vote using a rectangular sheet of paper where the word, Eligo, which means “I elect,” is written.

Each cardinal will place the paper in a saucer and drop it inside a chalice.

To declare a new pope, a candidate must secure a vote of 2/3 + 1 from attending cardinals but if no one will get this after 12 days, the requirement will be lowered to 1/2 + 1.

Three people will verify the content of each ballot. One will read the entry while the other person will double check the name written on the paper. The third person will read out loud the name on the paper.

Once the required majority is reached, the dean of the College of Cardinals would ask the presumptive Pope if he accepts the position and what would be his name.

It has been a tradition for a newly elected Pope to follow his name to a saint or a former Pope he respects and admires.

There are three to five sotana on stand-by to fit the elected Pope.

The dean would then announced, “Habemus Papam!” (We have a new Pope). The newly elected pontiff will then go to the St. Peter’s balcony for his papal address, Cruz said.

Among the cardinals who will vote to elect a new pope is Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the only qualified cardinal-elector from the Philippines.

Cruz commended Tagle’s accomplishments, saying: “Walang makakatawad sa karunungan nya, summa cum laude sya, napakabait, banal, very humble, mabait. Hindi ko pa sya nakikitang magalit.”

As a cardinal-elector, Tagle is automatically a candidate for the papacy. At least 115 cardinals are expected to take part in the conclave.

But Fr. Francis Lucas, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Social Communication and Mass Media, said it is not right time for Tagle to become pope.

He said Tagle is still new and has to serve the Filipinos.

Sources said Tagle is set to leave for Vatican via Hong Kong on Tuesday evening. The cardinal will be boarding a Cathay Pacific (CX902) flight to Hong Kong at 7:55 p.m.

Upon his arrival in Vatican, he will be staying at the Collegio Filippino, according to the Archdiocese of Manila. (FP/Sunnex)

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