From a reader…
I have been watching the Holy Father offer Mass for the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. It appears that he is wearing a maniple! HERE
I first notice it at 31:32.
Okay… let’s have a look. I provide the readership with a helpful arrow.
Noooo… as nice as the thought is, His Holiness of Our Lord has managed to get his arm under his stole, which he raised up when he raised the book. That happens once in a while when priests wear limp, floppy, drooping vestments.
However, in the first photo, above, note that the dalmatic is decorated with the coat-of-arms of Francis’ predecessor Benedict XVI. Francis also wore a stole of Benedict when he was in Armenia.
Meanwhile, after Mass today Pope Francis kissed the foot of his predecessor!
Noooo… as nice as the thought is, Francis did not kiss Benedict’s foot.
He went to venerate the image of St. Peter made by Arnulfo di Cambio. It is good to see the tiara. They used to put a camicia griccia on the statue, but that’s long gone now.