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Papal Election Research Guide

This guide lists and describes sources for researching the law of papal elections.

Pope Emeritus

Because Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to retire since Gregory XII in 1415, there are questions as to what happens to a former pope. Some answers have begun to come forth and as more are given, they will be posted here.

  • The Pope's name and clothing upon retirement
    The biggest takeaway from this article is that Pope Benedict will have to stop wearing his red shoes as Pope Emeritus. This leads to a bigger question - what's the importance of the red shoes?