So… Pope goes to Sarajevo. He was to use the Paul VI style pastoral staff/crucifix along with his most favoritest vestments, which are by now so very very familiar. Via Vatican Insider.
Problem: the Paul VI staff broke!
Oh dear… what a shame!
Thinking fast, Msgr. Guido Marini, head of the Pope’s liturgy staff, working against the clock, fixed it the staff with … I’m not making this up… adhesive tape.
One of my friends from Rome tweeted: “Even Paul VI must have thought, ‘I don’t want my ferula to be part of this.”
I dunno… which would be better. Enter without a staff, or enter with a staff fixed with sticky tape?
“Taaape up the Croooss….”
The story says that when Pius IX’s ferula used by Benedict XVI was damaged, a copy was made and no noticed the difference.
I think they noticed this time.
Msgr. Guido Marini, papal MC, is pretty unflappable.
And dig the dramatic music!