UPDATE! It’s baaaaack! The papal tiara, or triregno is back on the head of the bronze statue of St. Peter in the Basilica today. For the last couple years, it was politically correctly absent.
Here are photos I have shot in the Basilica on this feast day.
You can see the candles on Bernini’s mighty bronzes for the Altar of the Chair. Tragically that was ripped out some years ago. I was there the morning they did it and watched them haul it away in chunks.
And something to delight us all
The famous statue used to be dressed up on 22 February and 29 June. They used to use the tiara and the cotta griccia … but no more.
Here is a link to my entry last year on the Mass prayers for today.