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Sede Vacante

Last updated at 2013-03-03 11:56PM

As of 8pm (Rome time) on Thursday, 28 February 2013, the See of Rome became vacant. The Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, is temporarily residing at Castel Gandolfo, in the palace used by Popes as a summer retreat. When renovations on the monastery inside the walls of Vatican City are complete, Benedict XVI will take up residence there.

Though he has renounced the office of Bishop of Rome, along with all its powers and responsibilities, the Pope emeritus keeps the name he took at the beginning of his reign: Benedict XVI. He also continues to be called His Holiness.

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