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#1 Ash Wednesday

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 01:30 PM

No, not Camaro -- CAMAURO!

He wore the cute fuzzy velvet fur-trimmed hat that I haven't ever seen worn by a pope in recent memory. At first I thought he was wearing a santa hat to be funny (and I thought, "No way!!!")

It must have kept his noggin nice and toasty! :D: And keeping some of those nifty traditions in the fold. :cool:

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ROME (Reuters) - He was not riding on a one-horse open sleigh, but when Pope Benedict arrived on the popemobile for his weekly audience in St Peter's Square, on-lookers could have been forgiven for thinking Santa Claus was in town.

To keep warm against the bitter cold, the Pontiff wore a red velvet cap, trimmed with white fur which, together with his scarlet cape, gave him the look of Father Christmas.

The traditional hat, known as a camauro, was commonly worn by pope in the mediaeval period to keep their heads warm on cold days and it featured on many paintings at the time, but it has rarely been worn in modern times.

Benedict had already shown a taste for the garb of mediaeval popes, opting for delicate red slippers for daily wear rather than walking shoes favoured by his predecessor John Paul II.

Benedict, who changed into his more familiar white skull cap when he arrived at the podium, told a packed St. Peter's Square Christmas was a time to remember the true roots of the faith.

Looking out over the square with its 30-metre (100-foot) Christmas tree, the German pope said that Christmas lights adorning cities and houses around the world should "remind us of another light, invisible to the eyes but not to the heart".



Here Comes Santa Claus -- no, wait, it's the Pope

#2 Myles Domini

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 01:34 PM

Now him I'd be willing to give the title of Father Christmas to! :D:

*Benedetto, Benedetto, Benedetto!*

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Edited by Myles, 21 December 2005 - 01:34 PM.


#3 toledo_jesus

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 01:37 PM

sweet.

#4 Akalyte

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 02:19 PM

He's SO DOPE!!!

#5 Lil Red

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 02:27 PM

what a cutie! and

said that Christmas lights adorning cities and houses around the world should "remind us of another light, invisible to the eyes but not to the heart".


amen!

#6 cappie

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 03:23 PM

Pope John XIII wore one

#7 MilesChristi

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 03:41 PM

amesome :D:

#8 Ash Wednesday

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 03:55 PM

Pope John XIII wore one

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Yes, I have never seen a pope since him wear it...

A news article pointed out that Papa B. likes some of the similar garments of Pope John. :)

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POPE: USES JOHN XXIII'S CAPE TO SHIELD FROM COLD
(AGI) - Vatican, Dec. 21 - Benedict XVI is using some of Pope John XXIII's favourite garments. In the Piazza di Spagna, on the day of the Immaculate Conception, he wore a red ermine lined shawl and today, he attended his general audience with a hooded cape in red velvet, also lined with ermine, to protect him from the cold.(AGI) -
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#9 Ash Wednesday

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 04:11 PM

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Bellissimo Papa!

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 04:19 PM

the first time i saw it, i thought it was photoshopped! :P:

#11 Myles Domini

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 04:56 PM

Wednesday you really are rubbing me up the right way with these pictures. Oh Papa Bene you are really so great!!

VIVA IL PAPA :yahoo:

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 08:04 PM

Red-hatted Pope Gets a Warm Greeting


VATICAN CITY, DEC. 21, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI looked like Father Christmas when he arrived at the general audience, bedecked in a red hat with white trim.

The hat was actually a traditional camauro, a fur-trimmed cap that popes used to wear against the cold. Today's temperature was around 9 degrees Celsius (48 F).

The 15,000 pilgrims present in St. Peter's Square applauded enthusiastically on seeing the red-hatted Holy Father arrive in a white jeep.

Because of the great number of pilgrims, the audience was not held in the cozy Paul VI Hall but in the open air.

Camauros date back to the 12th century. They fell into disuse, until the papacy of John XXIII. After that pontificate it fell into disuse again -- until today, to the surprise of observers.

Benedict XVI removed his camauro at the start of the audience.

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Posted 22 December 2005 - 03:13 AM

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Bellissimo Papa!

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Now THAT is the way to do Mass. :D:

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Posted 22 December 2005 - 06:05 AM

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#15 littleflower+JMJ

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Posted 22 December 2005 - 10:56 AM

:love:

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Posted 22 December 2005 - 11:38 AM

sweet, he totally rules

#17 Extra ecclesiam nulla salus

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Posted 22 December 2005 - 12:03 PM

I like how he wears the red slippers again too :)




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