Monday 18 December 2017

Cardinal errors

• I read with great interest that when a bishop is made a cardinal or prince of the church, he ditches his violet-coloured garments for new red ones.

Gammarelli, tailors to the Pope since 1798, will be employed to make a pair of cassocks – one red and one black – for around €1,500.

Then between the mozzetta hoods, three pointed hats, a zucchetto skull cap and special red socks as well as a fascia or sash, the cardinals will get two sets of these outfits which brings the total order to a princely €5,000 for each cardinal-elect.

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