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Gammarelli: clothes for next Pope are ready

The small, family-owned tailor shop is located within Rome's historic center, where over they years they made numerous white cassocks. Lorenzo is one of the owners, and says he can recall dates of when they started making the vestments for Popes. LORENZO GAMMARELLI Gammarelli Tailor Shop "The date when it was founded was 1798. We don't know when we started making the cassocks for the conclave and the new Popes, but surely for more than a century.� Now, one of these three cassocks will be worn for the very first time by the next Pope, a successor to St. Peter. LORENZO GAMMARELLI Gammarelli Tailor Shop "The measurements are one small, one medium and one large, because we don't know who will be the next Pope and because we need to make at least one that fits well.� The Vatican once again called on the Gammarelli family to make the three white cassocks just days after Benedict XVI announced his resignation. They finished making them on March 1. LORENZO GAMMARELLI Gammarelli Tailor Shop "To make one cassock of the Pope, it took us about three and a half days, everything made by hand.� Lorenzo Gammarelli refuses to discuss the costs of each Papal cassock. He says once they deliver them, they don't see them ever again, but that it's a great honor to know that the first time the Catholic Church's new Pope wears white is with their cassocks. BR/RCarr SN - -PR U:OF