Pope Benedict XVI Asks Cardinals to Create Harmony

The pope gave the cardinals some direction in choosing his successor before stepping down.
2:48 | 02/28/13

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The cardinals that the pope met with this morning have already begun their informal discussions about who the next pope is going to be. And the pope gave them some direction today. They come from 50 countries. And benedict asked them to work like an orchestra, to create harmony out of their differences. David wright is here with us. The pope made clear that once he steps down, there will be only one pope. An important point to make. At the end of this day, for the first time since the middle ages, we will have a pope and an expope. Previous popes may have said their good-byes to the cardinals. But if they did so, it was on their deathbeds. Benedict is very much alive. Reporter: Today began with the cardinals saying good-bye. Exchanging a brief, private moment, one by one, by order of seniority. The venue, the clementine hall at the apostolic palace. The same, ornate room where dead popes lie in state. Most recently, pope john paul. Before the body is moved across st. Peter's square to the basilica. Unlike most popes whose reign ended in this room, benedict is the first to leave office still breathing. Like a king, attending his own funeral. Today, the dean of the college of cardinals thanked him for his service. Benedict stood up and embraced him. The pope wasn't expected to speak. But he did. Saying, among you is also the future pope, to whom I pledge my unconditional reverence and obedience. That hasn't been an issue for 600 years. Today, vatican cameras will follow benedict's departure, minute-by-minute. 19 cameras documenting his trip, live. Every angle covered, from his final wave at st. Peter's. They'll be there with him on the helicopter, as he flies to castle gandolfo. There, he'll greet the faithful one last time from the balcony. And then, tonight at 8:00 p.M., the swiss guard will leave and the gates will close. Symbolically signaling that benedict is no longer pope. So, who is actually in charge in the interim? The papal camalango is in state. We're not sure it's going to happen. But he will take the pope's ring, and deface it. That's officially the pope's signant. And the pope has to give it up because they don't want anybody forging that on a document.

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