In mean two popes.....how will we tell them apart?
They will both be wearing white (horror of horrors)
They will both be male (sorry LGBTs)
And they will both celebrate the Mass on a daily basis (swoon)
After tomorrow this man will not be the Pope
In a few week's time the Pope may
look like this, but a little chubbier
OK, OK, settle down media pundits; here is how it will work:-
Pope Benedict XVI (after tomorrow) will be known as Pope Emeritus (not 'The Pope' and not 'The Holy Father'
His successor, (hopefully a rather amiable and holy American Cardinal), will be the one wearing the red shoes.
He will also speak with an American rather than a German accent (Deo volente)
He will be addressed as "Your Holiness" referred to as 'The Pope' or 'The Holy Father' and he will be the one not eating bratwurst.
They will live not too far apart from each other but reports so far indicate that Fr Lombardi, Vatican PRO will be issuing photofits of each so that the Bishops of England and Wales can be absolutely sure that the person they are slagging off is definitely THE POPE.