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Dramatically different! Check out all the differences between the dress styles of Popes Benedict and Francis Comments

The differences between Popes Benedict and Francis are quite substantive, and their superficial trappings also indicate this. Recently, side-by-side comparisons of the two papal styles have become popular across the internet. Continue Reading

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  1. Debra
    1 year ago

    Duh! Why is it that some of us Catholics take things so seriously? The article was undoubtedly written tongue-in-cheek--or hadn't any of you realized that? However, since we are on the topic of dress, I'd like to add my voice to the environmentalists and animal activists who decry Benedict's use of ermine on his camauro and his mozzetta. Real fur, Papa Benedetto? No, Signor!

  2. Rick
    1 year ago

    The habit doesn't make the Pope - to bring forth the differences between these two great Popes almost implies that one is better than another?!?!.....why even notice it or mention it? What matters is what they do and not how they dress - my wife is from Rome and finds it almost insulting that people should see the different styles of the two wonderful Popes rather than their accomplishments and gifts they each bring to our most 'spiritually needy' church- lets pray for Pope Francesco 1st and our beloved Pope Benedetto XVI Emeritus...enough with immaterial talks

  3. DLL
    1 year ago

    I wonder what kind of dresser the writer of this article is. Does the writer have fine clothes,or is the writer clothed in a burlap bag because doing prayer and penance is only just for their own sins,because Christ died on a cross to save this person from all of these atrocious personal sins of his or hers.

  4. L. Tellier
    1 year ago

    Making comparisons of their dress style or anything else for that tripe & even unfair. God has sent us each for His purpose.....just as we each have our own style of service to offer each other & our Church.
    Please let us focus on the message they each have to give us, in order that we all reach our Heavenly goal....Amen

    1 year ago

    We are not to judge! Both are great servants of God in their unique, individual way. Christ the master is both God and Man; At once, the little child born in a manger, brought up by a carpenter foster father and yet, He is adored by the Magi & presented with gifts that depict his majesty. Mary Magdalene lavished an expensive perfume on him and when she was reprimanded for wasting what could be used for the poor on the divine master,He answered that you will always have the poor with you. We all, the two popes inclusive(especially) are free to witness to any of Christ's aspects without fear of judgement.

  6. mry
    1 year ago

    Superficial silly, page-filling fluff. Look beyond exteriors. Or doesn't that bring in the readers? Look to the heart of each person. Not newsworthy enough?

  7. Rosie
    1 year ago

    Articles such as this do nothing to contribute to the unity of the Church! Furthermore, remember the story of the wolf in sheep's clothing--anyone can make a show of humility, but the manner in which one chooses to dress does not always convey what is in the heart.

  8. Luke
    1 year ago

    "By contrast, Pope Francis has a reputation for great humility."
    Humility goes much deeper than the clothes we wear. I believe both to be humble servants of God.

  9. gabriel boli
    1 year ago

    The physical appearance is just a matter of materialism (or even rationalism). Sometimes it becomes so intense and too commercialized. Finally, the argument is easily coming out. I'm sure that this could be other face of potential market. Sorry to say that we are all victimized by the globalized media. Just be aware of that. God bless our beloved Popes .......

  10. T.M.
    1 year ago

    Please, do not write articles such as this one. It does no service to the Church and is very unfair to beloved E.P. Benedict XVI. You do not know the great Benedict XVI, a great scholar but also a very humble man, of rare sensibility and intelligence. He honored the traditions of the Church for the greater glory of God, never for his own for he showed his great humility in his resignation.Every piece of garment of the clergy has a spiritual and mystical meaning. Pope Benedict honored them. As for his coat of arms, you wrote:

    "Benedict adopted a new coat of arms for his papacy which reflected the stature of his office".

    This is what the Vatican website say about his coat of arms, among other things, " Pope Benedict XVI's shield contains symbols he had already used in his arms when he was Archbishop of Munich and Freising, and subsequently as Cardinal. However, they are arranged differently in the new composition".

    We are graced by the different charismas persent in both E.P. Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. They are both holy men of God and our Church is only richer. Let us pray for both of them and their intentions.

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