Like other chief executive officers who welcomes the extra hours to sleep and engage in more relaxing activities, the just retire Pope Emeritus, more known as Pope Benedict XVI, experienced life on the slower lane on Friday.
He left behind at least four pairs of red shoes, the papal Twitter handle @Pontifex, an unfinished fourth encyclical and problems over the rising number of sex abuse cases involving clergy as well as being chief shepherd to 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in exchange for life as a retired pope and pilgrim.
Reports said he deleted all his tweets as one of his final acts as pope.
However, he is not leaving the habit of praying for the different problems confronting the Church, but now has some extra time for R&R. On his first day as an ex-pope, he prayed the rosary while walking around the gardens of Castel Gandolfo (and probably wearing now the brown loafers that was a gift from Mexicans), disclosed Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, who by habit refers to the man born as Joseph Ratzinger in Germany as Pope.
Reports said the ex-pontiff watched on Friday TV, including media coverage of his departure from Vatican aboard a helicopter bound for the summer papal palace named Castel Gandolfo. Fr Lombardi said the Pope Emeritus appreciated the media coverage of his exit.
He cited not being able to perform fully his duties as pope as the reason the 86-year-old ex-pontiff and made history by quitting after eight years as pope and not dying in office as how his predecessors did in the past 600 years.
Among his pastime that he may have more hours to do is to play the piano.
In contrast, fellow cardinals, who just sealed the papal apartment, will start Monday by discussing when to hold the conclave to elect the new pope. One-hundred fifteen cardinals who are below 80 years old are eligible to vote for the next pontiff.
Catholics who went to Mass on Sunday noticed the officiating priest did not mention any more prayers for the Pope since the position is officially vacant, and immediately prayer for their respective local bishops.
Ahead of the much-awaited conclave, media and people are speculating who would succeed Pope Benedict, while techies are watching if the new pope will also join social media and tweet.