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Byzantine Abp. Sheen

Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the vestments for celebration of the Divine Liturgy. As you can see, the Byzantine rite vestments include elements of …

Why sedia gestatoria?

Here is a photographic explanation of why popes should continue to use a portable throne called sedia gestatoria: not only it’s better …


Jehan Georges Vibert – The committee on moral books.

Viking pontificals

The crosier of a narwhal tusk and the gold ring belonging to the Bishop of Gardar, the medieval Norman settlement in the …

Bp. Hoenen

Father François Hoenen S.V.D., the Bishop of Kenge in the Congo, kissing the papal shoe during the ceremony of episcopal ordination conferred by pope …


A Holy Mass celebrated in a period of penance: we draw your attention not only to the use of folded chasubles (planetae plicatae), …

At St. Sabina

Pope Benedict XVI during the Holy Mass celebrated on the Ash Wednesday in the Roman Basilica of St. Sabina on February 6, …

Middle Kingdom

The celebrant, in this case the newly ordained priest, is wearing Ji-jin, that is the headdress used until the early 20th century by Catholic …


Remember, man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.

Card. Cushing

Archbishop Richard James Cushing, the Archbishop of Boston, in the winter cappa magna.

Una cum Papa

Benedict XV in choir dress and tabarro surrounded by the Eastern Catholic clergy.

De mozzetta

During the Second Vatican Council, by the decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites from September 12, 1963, Pope Paul VI granted …

Abp. Wojtyła

Archbishop Karol Wojtyła during the ingress to the Wawel Cathedral, March 8, 1964.

Cathedra Petri

The Altar of the Chair of St. Peter located in the western apse of the Vatican Basilica. The bronze reliquary containing a wooden …


Cardinals paying homage to the newly elected Pope John XXIII. The second in line, in a characteristic cappa magna, is standing Cardinal Agagianian.

White cappa

Fr. Bernard Pennings O.Praem., the Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, during the recitation of preparatory prayers before a Mass.

Ermein of Pius XII

Pope Pius XII blessing the City and the World from the loggia of the Basilica of St. Mary the Major. The Pope …


A member of the chapter of the cathedral of St. Nicholas in Fribourg, dressed in an almuce, is welcoming Father Charles Journet …

Urbi et Orbi 2007

Pope Benedict XVI blessing the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Christmas Day on December 25, 2007. Pope is wearing a mitre …