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6/9/2013 (2 years ago)

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Francis' dress reflects his more humble style, while Benedict was more regal.

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.

The two papal styles are dramatically different.

The two papal styles are dramatically different.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

6/9/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus benedict, comparison, differences, contrast,

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An image from the Vatican via the AFP, which is posted here, highlights some of the superficial differences between the two popes. The external trappings of their dress resonates with their personal demeanor and attitudes towards the Holy Office.

Pope Emeritus Benedict has always been a regal personality who has enjoyed the trappings of the Vatican and his office as pope. Benedict was always resplendent in his papal regalia including the ruby red shoes, gold cross, and gilded throne. 

By contrast, Pope Francis has a reputation for great humility. He previously eschewed a cardinal's palace in his home of Buenos Aries, rode the bus, and frequented the poor in slums.

Francis however, didn't have much choice in some of his regalia, being compelled to dress up a bit for his new role as the Vicar of Christ. Still, his personality shows through.

Where Benedict wore a gold cross, Francis wears an iron one. Benedict had his "ruby slippers" Francis wears plain black shoes. Even their rings are different with Benedict's made of gold and Francis plated silver.

Also notably, the crooiser, or staff carried by each pope reflects their style, Benedict's embellished with stones and Francis plain. The Papal throne occupied by Benedict was gilt in gold; Francis sits in a plain wooden chair.

Francis has also passed on the papal apartment in favor of residence in a smaller guesthouse.

Benedict adopted a new coat of arms for his papacy which reflected the stature of his office, Francis retained his old with minimal modification.

None of this should be construed to suggest that either Benedict of Francis is the superior pope; it merely shows how different the two men, both servants of God, are.

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