From a reader:
I have been watching the papal liturgies on EWTN for several years. I recently noticed that when the Pope Benedict is wearing the pallium he SEEMS to be missing a pin/nail on the red cross over his right shoulder.
I can’t believe that the MC has forgotten this detail for several recent celebrations nor can I believe that, if lost, that a spare doesn’t exist.
Therefore, I am wondering if there is some kind of symbolism here that I don’t understand. Can you briefly, I know that you are very busy, tell me why the pin is missing on the papal pallium?
Frankly, I hadn’t noticed.