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Quote:Regarding Alfred Lord Tennyson: Having arrived at Florence on his way to Rome, Tennyson, who was an excessive smoker, was so upset when he was unable to buy a certain brand of tobacco, that he gave up his visit to Rome and returned to England!
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Quote:He needs an even more sumptuous outfit for papal functions, corresponding to court dress. This is a scarlet soutane with a train, a lace rochet, and a large circular scarlet silk cloak cut like the ancient Roman paenula, which is drawn up over the arms in front and spreads out behind into a long train called the cappa magna.
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Quote:Gamarelli has the privilege, while the Conclave is electing the new Pontiff, of making three papal cassocks, one for a tall figure, one for medium, and one for a small, so that no matter which member of the Sacred College is elected, he can be clothed immediately in a white zimarra and conducted to the portico above St Peters to give his first papal blessing.
Jul 19 06 8:57 AM
Quote:Here in the Philippines, however, our priests are allowed to wear white soutanes (I often get confused as to the difference between a soutane and a cassock -- or are they one and the same?). I suppose it's because of the tropical weather; I have seen photos of priests in India and Sri Lanka wearing similar white soutanes. Our Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, the Archbishop of Manila, and Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, the Archbishop of Cebu, sometimes wear white soutanes with scarlet "piping", to signify their responsibility as Princes of the Church.
Quote:I don't know if anyone on the Forum has ever seen that Room, but I have managed to see one photo of it, which appeared in a lovely art book entitled "Inside the Vatican" -- I shall try my best to describe it for all of you. (If anyone has been in there, though, please do tell us, as I can only contribute what I saw from a photo, and a "first-hand account" is always the better description!)
Quote:One can only wonder about the thoughts that raced through the magnificent mind, and enveloped the gentle heart, of the shy and scholarly Joseph Ratzinger, as he stood in this very Room on April 19, 2005.
Jul 19 06 1:53 PM
Quote:When the course of the votes slowly let me know that, so to speak, the guillotine was going to fall on me, I became quite dizzy. I had thought that I had completed my life's work and could now dare to hope for a restful end to my days. With deep conviction I said to the Lord: "Do not do this to me! You have younger and better ones who can take on this great task with wholly different energy and wholly different strength."
Jul 19 06 11:48 PM
Quote:I said to the Lord: "Do not do this to me!
Quote:It seems that there's a practice amongst cardinals in the conclave to send each other notes of encouragement, because Karol Woytyla also apparently responded to a message from a brother cardinal, urging him to say "yes."
Quote:I can imagine it was a odd blend of joy, fear, sadness and panic.
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