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And I'm Bill Hemmer morning Martha you know the Vatican now saying the Pope Benedict will be.
Hands off in the selection of the next holy father they've made that clear earlier today leading up to the college of cardinals took.
Make that decision as it always is Shepard Smith streams live out of Rome -- -- -- the Vatican also revealing a bit about.
-- -- makes health tell us a little bit about that.
We now know bill that the Pope has it.
Pacemaker and has had a pacemaker for many years in fact at one installed before he but he was it became Pope.
And it just about three months ago bill.
In the greatest of secrecy the -- left the Vatican went to a hospital had the batteries inside that pacemaker replaced.
Nobody ever knew anything of it outside his closest advisors inside Vatican City he never missed an appearance.
And again it was just it was sort of routine battery change but it goes a long way to tell you.
-- secret things are here in and how much secrecy that popes are given certainly does so you have about two and a half weeks now on the calendar.
Before he officially resigns the 28 of February.
What are we learning about the process or or what the world happens after that.
Well the the cardinals will all come together and -- elect selected new Pope.
A process which as we've learned as we learned what eight years ago can take a matter of days are a bit longer and any number of people up for that -- there's thoughts about the possibility of the first black Pope and and the first Latin there are those from Latin America as well.
After that though I think bill is where it gets really -- -- because not since Gregory the twelfth have as the Catholic church and that was in 1460.
And they had a situation where there was there is a former Pope and they hope.
So did the Holy -- has been asked a lot about what the role of being of the Pope will be.
Once he steps down it's -- -- that he will not go into seclusion.
According to his aides he'll live in a cloistered monastery which is in the very back of Vatican City the smallest country in the world.
-- back pass the gardens that he'll continue to write.
And the question remains if he has a matter on doctrine about which he writes and the new Pope whomever he may be.
Has a different thought whether there might be some sort of division within the church those in the Holy See say that they're not concerned about that at all.
That this is not a man who -- -- sought political power in the or anything like that.
And they believe that he will just write and pray and out live out his days.
In a monastery in the back of the in the back of Vatican City.
That will be something that no one of course is seen in in many centuries but there doesn't seem to be a lot of concern about it around here.
He says according to his aides he's just a man who's gotten old.
And about a year ago according to the Vatican newspaper.
About a year ago took this decision after going -- bit a visit to Mexico and Cuban was just exhausted afterward.
That I need to think about stepping down from this from this post in fact his brother says that he's known about it for years so.
The transition will happen sometime before Easter which is at the end of march.
And when the smoke rises they'll be in new Pope and another one who used to be Pope.
Hanging out the back of Vatican City a fascinating set of circumstances and what it is years.
And the fourteen -- I think that was before cable news twos today they have that the content and shepherd enjoy your time we'll talk to you later can a shepherd has more later today on the on the.
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