Five things pope emeritus will be giving up

Since the surprise announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is retiring, details have slowly emerged about what sort of life the former pontiff will live after his time as head of the Catholic Church is over.

When the pope retires, he will have to give up a number of his ecclesiastical goods, including many that are steeped in the history and symbolism of the Church such as his papal ring and red shoes.

Here is a look at five items Benedict will be giving up when he enters retirement.

This story originally appeared as a CBC article  here.





World Youth Day 2011 Celebrations Are Held In Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 20: Pope Benedict XVI arrives at the Almudena Cathedral to celebrate a mass for seminarians on August 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985, World Youth Day youth-oriented events for the celebration of the Catholic faith are held every three years in a different country; this time in Madrid from August 16th to 21st, with Pope Benedict XVI in attendance. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Swiss Guards prepare to close the gate of the Apostolic Palace closes after Pope Benedict XVI greeted the pilgrims, for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)