Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A papal inauguration

Francis's papal symbols linked to past Popes
Prints of Pope Francis are seen for sale at a religious goods store near the Vatican in Rome March 20. CNS photo / Lauren Colegrove.
When Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome March 19, the two major symbols of the authority he received were connected to previous Popes. Catholic News Agency has a story:

The inauguration ceremony began with Pope Francis visiting the tomb of St. Peter. He then processed out to the square, with the patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches carrying the Book of the Gospels, his pallium, and the fisherman's ring.

As the procession made its way, a choir sang a special litany of the saints that included those Popes who have been recognized as saints. In addition to these echoes of previous Popes, the papal ring and the pallium, the circular stole of white wool that archbishops wear, are connected to Popes Paul VI and Benedict XVI, respectively.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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