Sunday, 21 April 2013

Ordinations in the Vatican Basilica

Commemorating World Vocations Day, Pope Francis today ordained ten men to the Sacred Priesthood in Saint Peter's Basilica.

On this occasion, Pope Francis wore a new mitre, similar in appearance to those mitres he has worn since his election. Made of cream-coloured silk, it is simply, but tastefully ornamented. The Pope and his deacons-assistant wore white vestments which were made for the use of the Blessed John Paul II, employing an unusual ornamental scheme in blue and gold, derived from symbols and decorative motifs of early Christian Rome.

The following photographs are from the Archive of Getty Images and Alessandro Benedetti.