5 Things the Pope Wears and What they Mean

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The Catholic church is one full of long held traditions. As an outsider attending a mass recently, I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of the rituals and prayers.

The Pope is a man surrounded by ritual, and I’ve always wondered about the symbolism of his various vestments and accessories. So here are 5 for those who are also curious.

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Benedict XVI Follows the Papal Selection on TV

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What a strange set of circumstances, an absolute anomaly in the history of the Catholic Church. A Pope emeritus following the Cardenal Conclave in which his successor will be chosen. On TV.

Almost a fortnight ago, Pope Benedict XVI started his season of rest and contemplation away from Rome. The retiring Pope can currently be found at the Castel Gandolfo, the pontifical summer residence, where he has been since his resignation came into effect on the 28th of February at 8pm.

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