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Pope Benedict prepares for final public appearance as Holy Father

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Pope Benedict the 16th will still be addressed as "his holiness " after he retires. The Vatican announced the Holy Father will keep his name Benedict the 16th and will be known as "emeritus pope". After his resignation on Thursday, the 85 year old's dress will also change a bit.

The Pope was given the brown shoes during his trip to Mexico last year.

50,000 tickets have been requested for the Pope's final audience Wednesday here at Saint Peters Square. The Vatican says he will be driven around the square, so people can see him. Then he will go to the platform and give his last talk.

Benedict gave cardinals the go ahead on Monday to move up the ceremony to elect the next pope. The cardinals plan to set a date for the process to begin when they meet Monday.

115 cardinals under the age of 80 are expected in Rome for the conclave to vote on who should become the next pope.

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