Monday, May 23, 2005

Papal Coat of Arms Revealed on Sash!

Pope Benedict XVI reads his speech during a meeting with Bulgaria's president Georgi Parvanov in his private library at the Vatican City May 23, 2005. The vaticanisti, though preoccupied with recent episcopal nominations, need not neglect papal fashion. Take note of Benedict's sash -- this is the first photo showing his papal coat of arms emblazoned on the lower section of the white sash. Also notice the traditional red-hued papal shoes. Of course, His Holiness is once again donned in the mozetta (shoulder cape) and lacey rochet over his cassock. Well done!


Anonymous Peter said...

Do the Vaticanisti have any insights on who might succeed Cardinal McCarrick in Washington?

11:23 PM  
Anonymous moongardenmary said...

Nice! Thanks for the papal fashion heads-up!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Looks like the tiara and keys, symbol of the Papacy, and not the Papal arms at all.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous melissa said...

Is the choir dress with the state mozzetta Benedict's official get-up when receiving his fellow heads of state?

1:36 AM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

Yes, dearest Melissa, the choir dress of His Holiness includes the mozetta and rochet over the white cassock. Benedict has been sighted wearing the traditional "get-up" - as you so elegantly state - whenever he officialy receives heads of state. John Paul II rarely wore the choir dress. Once again, Benedict is restoring papal traditions here and there. We are more than pleased - and we are pleased that you enjoy our humble site enough to ask a question. We impart our blessing.

6:20 AM  
Anonymous moongardenmary said...

Vaticanisti, another question on the Pope duds. That same day, Papa met with the president of Macedonia in his library, but he wore his all-white ensemble--white cassock with white cape thingy on top, and the new sash you point out. btw, I think he cuts a very striking figure in all-white, what with his snow white hair and such. But my question: Why would Papa change his duds between audiences on the same day? Just curious. I became interested in papal and clerical fashion while watching the 24/7 coverage of John Paul's passing and then Benedict's election.

7:07 AM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

My dear moongardenmary,

Thank you for the insightful inquiry. Pope Benedict received Macedonia's Prime Minister (NOT president) Vlado Buckovski and his wife Aneta in his private library on May 23, 2005. A prime minister is NOT a head of state (as a president or king usually are). Thus, no need to don the official choir dress. Slight distinction, but an important one. Happily Benedict's protocol aide is on top of things, just like the vaticanisti.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous melissa said...


Didn't mean to be so casual about my language. I'm sure His Holiness deserves more. :))

Togs? Duds?

Ah, attire, yes.

I LOVE tradition and am so happy His Holiness is bringing it back. Long may our beloved Benedict reign.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is this Melissa?

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Papa Ratzi is such a doll! Please keep posting these cute pictures.

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I have the idea that the pope uses his big red stole over the mozzeta only when receiving a Roman Catholic guest, and the choral dress without the stole when receiving non Catholic people... is this right?

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Bridal Gowns said...

Thanks for the papal fashion heads-up!

7:36 PM  

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