Friday, January 04, 2008

Where have I seen that mitre before?

There has been considerable comment about Pope Benedict's vestments on Catholic blogs in recent days. There has been a particular focus on the ensemble above, which the Pope wore at Solemn Vespers in St Peter's on 31st December 2007. Specific attention has been drawn to the provenance of the cope (showing the stemma of Blessed John XXIII).

No one - as far as I am aware - has noted that the mitre that Benedict wore is always on view in St Peter's albeit in bronze. It adorns the brow of Pope Pius XII in Francesco Messina's magnificent monument.

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