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Pope's attire robed in history and tradition


Completing his everyday look are customized red leather shoes, symbolizing the blood of Church's martyrs. Paul VI did away with a gold cross on them, as well as the tradition of having people kiss it when addressing him.

During major services like Christmas or Easter Mass, the Pope dresses in his Sunday best. His long cape, called a chausable, features ornate designs worn for hundreds of years by other Popes.

His mitre, the crown-like hat bishops wear, are also tailor made and symbolizes his authority to teach. John Paul II would often wear simple designs. But in the past few years, Benedict XVI brought back the use more intricate patterns.

The pastoral staff is a symbol of authority for Popes. It signifies his standing as the shepherd of the Church The one Benedict XVI used featured a gold, Greek cross, used by Pius IX in the 1800's.

During his meetings with other heads of state, modern day Popes use red, shoulder length cape known as a mozzetta, which represents his political authority as the leader of the Vatican City State.

Each item, worn for centuries before him, has a story and purpose. But over the years, each Pope has added their own personal touch.