|At the Lateran Basilica|
The return of this ferula, which had ceased to be used by Pope Benedict in 2008, has occasioned a reaction on some websites. We have no idea whether Pope Francis intends to use this staff regularly, occasionally or usually. We should just wait and see.
The Blessed John Paul II made exclusive use of the Scorzelli staff, but in 1990, Scorzelli made a copy of it to present to John Paul, which the Pope used from that time onward.
Surprisingly, however, Pope Paul did not use that particular Scorzelli staff exclusively. He also made use of three others, which are shewn in photographs at a previous post in our Papal Retrospective: here. We cannot say whether these three other staffs were also designed by Lello Scorzelli.