Photo courtesy of Catholic News Service.
This photo was taken in 2011 after Benedict XVI changed the form of his papal pallium. I made a post about the papal pallium and the change adopted by His Holiness. You can read about it here.
Some may be wondering what the "IO" in John Paul's name means. That is the first two letters of the Latin of John "Ioannes", thus IO. What is written under the medallion of John Paul and does not appear under Benedict XVI's is the number of years of his pontificate. John Paul's had 26 years , 4 months and 15 days .
You will also notice that the light shines only on the medallion of the currently reigning pope.
You can see the medallion next to Benedict XVI is waiting for the next pope.
This is only found in St. Paul's Basilica Outside the Walls.
A cheap imitation was done in St. Peter's Parish Church uhm..."Shrine of Leaders" (darn I find that title weird!) in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. I tell you. It is a really cheap attempt.