February 22, 2013. (Romereports.com)
There is finally an answer to one of the most popular questions. Once
the resignation of Benedict XVI goes into effect on February 28 at 8
p.m. local time in Rome, he will still be addressed as “Your Holiness
According to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the president for the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the same procedure will apply to the Pope as with other bishops and archbishops. After that date, Benedict XVI will be referred to as the Bishop Emeritus of Rome.