Sunday, 30 June 2013

Beneath the Apostles' Crowning Dome

On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, in the Vatican Basilica, Pope Francis conferred the Pallium on thirty-four Archbishops who were created Metropolitans during the last year. Some of these Archbishops had been elevated by Pope Benedict and some by Pope Francis.

On this occasion, Pope Francis wore a a simple red chasuble which had previously been worn by Pope Benedict. The Pope was assisted by two Cardinals-deacon, who were vested in dalmatics.

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Pope Francis Greeting an Episcopal Representative
of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

At the Incensation of the Altar.

During the Lessons.

During the chanting of the Gospel:
the gilded statuette of Saint Peter is seen in the background.

Blessing with the Evangelarium.

The Pope greeting Archbishop Sample of Portland USA
after conferring the Pallium upon him.

The Pope greeting the Archbishop Sucre (Bolivia)
after conferring the Pallium upon him.

At the Offertory:
the gilded statuette of Saint Paul is seen in the foreground.

The Pope during the Recession from the Basilica,
preceded by one of the Cardinals-deacon.