A reader posted a comment about the new pastoral staff, which we discussed in the entry on the Holy Father’s Palm Sunday Mass.
He pointed out that the staff used by Pope John Paul II, and also by Pope Benedict, is presently on tour in the the Vatican Splendors exhibit, which is moving around the world.
I suspect that this is the occasion Pope Benedict could use to make a change. I don’t think we will see that older staff of John Paul II back during this Pontificate. I wonder if the Holy Father will use just one staff now, or it he will perhaps mix them up a bit. My guess is that this is the one.
But we shall see!