Smash: Pope Benedict’s Ring Will Be Destroyed

Well, I knew the press would reveal this bit of Papal trivia sooner or later, but a day after my blog post?  Yesterday, I asked:  What Will Happen to the Pope’s Ring Once He Resigns?

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Today, media everywhere has provided the answer:  

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The Camerlengo, or the Chamberlain who presides over conclave operations,

will smash Pope Benedict’s papal signet, the Fisherman’s Ring, with a special papal silver hammer.

It’s the same special papal silver hammer that they use to ceremoniously tap the deceased pope’s head three times before conclave meets.  Bonus:  Pope Benedict will not have to endure this particular rite before he becomes Pope Emeritus.

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By the way, as soon as the Pope resigns, the Swiss Guard is officially relieved of duty until the next Pope steps in.

A little Alpine skiing, anyone?

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