Benedictus PP. XVI

Palm Sunday 2008


Holy Father Benedict XVI in a red cope with a morse (fibula, formale, morsus) of Leo XIII,  The pope is standing under the obelisk on St. Peter’s Square in front of the Basilica at the Vatican Hill at the time of singing the Gospel during the ceremony of the blessing of palms on Palm Sunday, March 16, 2008. The aforementioned morse, hooked on a clasp fastening two flaps of the pluviale, is one of the old elements of the papal liturgical garment, which after decades of oblivion was restored by Pope Ratzinger [photo: Stefano Dal Pozzolo/Getty Images].