I found this through our friends at Rorate. I am left scratching my head.
The Holy Father is to make this coming weekend a Pastoral Visit to Venice. For the occasion, the glassmakers of Murano have prepared (original source in Italian – my translation):
The Consortium Promovetro, in association with the Patriarchal Curia of Venice, will give as a gift to His Holiness Benedict XVI, 60 chalices, 60 patens, a plate, a pitcher, and two cruets with base. The set will be used by the Hol Father and prelates during the celebration of Holy Mass on 8 May in the park of San Guiliano, …
Redemptionis Sacramentum says that glass must not be used.
Mind you, this will be very nice glass. But….
What’s up with this, I wonder? Will it actually be used for Mass?