A new look Pope
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As Pope Francis celebrated his inaugural mass, his outward appearance signalled the style of his papacy which he has said aims to provide a "poor Church, for the poor".
Click on the numbers on the left to see how Pope Francis' choice of vestments and attire compare with those of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.
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Papal stole 1 of 5
At his first appearance on the balcony of St Peter's, Pope Francis chose not to wear the red mozzetta (cape), a garment typically adopted by the newly-elected Pope.
He also chose not to wear the ornate Papal stole, except for the blessing.
Pope Benedict XVI in contrast wore both throughout his first blessing from the balcony.Return to introduction
Pectoral cross 2 of 5
The most recognised symbol of the Christian church around the world, the Pope wears a cross on the chest, usually suspended from the neck by a cord or chain.
Pope Francis opted for an iron cross rather than the ornate gold one preferred by his predecessor, in keeping with the more understated style of his pontificate.Return to introduction
Papal ring 3 of 5
A special ring, unique to each Pope, is presented as part of the inauguration mass.
Pope Francis selected a gold-plated, silver ring, which was initially designed for and held by the late Archbishop Pasquale Macchi, the longtime private secretary to Venerable Paul VI.
Benedict XVI wore a solid gold ring, crafted by Claudio Franchi and his family of goldsmiths.
Both rings show St. Peter casting out his net, symbolizing how popes are successors of the apostle Peter.Return to introduction
Vestments 4 of 5
Along with the ring a pallium is placed on the Pope during inauguration mass. This is a narrow scarf woven of white lamb's wool - symbolizing Jesus as the good shepherd.
The chasuble is the outermost vestment worn by clergy for the celebration of the Eucharist. Pope Francis wore mostly white, while Benedict XVI wore golden robes.
In contrast to Pope Francis' simple papal mitre, his predecessor's was ornate gold and with three levels of 'crowns' representing the powers of the Papacy in a simplified form.Return to introduction
Shoes 5 of 5
One of the most commented on aspects of Benedict XVI's inaugural mass was his red leather loafers, which were made by his personal cobbler, Adriano Stefanelli.
In contrast Pope Francis wore plain, dark leather shoes.
It is said that before he left Buenos Aires for Rome, as Cardinal Bergoglio, he was wearing a pair of shoes so shabby that friends insisted on buying him a new pair.Return to introduction