Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Holy See’s press secretary, has announced information about the future of Pope Benedict XVI’s after his retirement. The emeritus Bishop of Rome will be resident in Castel Gandolfo and the move to to a ‘cloistered residence in the Vatican.’
Upon resigning, he will go to the papal summer residence near Rome, and then will move to a cloistered residence in the Vatican.
Lombardi has said the pope’s decision “took us by surprise” – indicating even Benedict’s closest aides did not know what he was thinking of doing, Reuters reports. His decision left aides “incredulous”, the spokesman said.