FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
“Visually nothing in particular will happen at the Vatican, except that the Papal apartments will be closed and the elevator that leads to it, will be sealed. This will happen a few minutes after 8.00pm.”
On Friday, March 1st, all cardinals will receive a letter from the Dean of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano. The letter will officially state that Benedict XVI has retired, calling on them to come to Rome to elect his successor.