Dramatically different! Check out all the differences between the dress styles of Popes Benedict and Francis
Francis' dress reflects his more humble style, while Benedict was more regal.
The differences between Popes Benedict and Francis are quite substantive, and their superficial trappings also indicate this. Recently, side-by-side comparisons of the two papal styles have become popular across the internet.
Pope Emeritus Benedict has always been a regal personality who has enjoyed the trappings of the Vatican and his office as pope. Benedict was always resplendent in his papal regalia including the ruby red shoes, gold cross, and gilded throne.
By contrast, Pope Francis has a reputation for great humility. He previously eschewed a cardinal's palace in his home of Buenos Aries, rode the bus, and frequented the poor in slums.
Francis however, didn't have much choice in some of his regalia, being compelled to dress up a bit for his new role as the Vicar of Christ. Still, his personality shows through.
Where Benedict wore a gold cross, Francis wears an iron one. Benedict had his "ruby slippers" Francis wears plain black shoes. Even their rings are different with Benedict's made of gold and Francis plated silver.
Also notably, the crooiser, or staff carried by each pope reflects their style, Benedict's embellished with stones and Francis plain. The Papal throne occupied by Benedict was gilt in gold; Francis sits in a plain wooden chair.
Francis has also passed on the papal apartment in favor of residence in a smaller guesthouse.
Benedict adopted a new coat of arms for his papacy which reflected the stature of his office, Francis retained his old with minimal modification.
None of this should be construed to suggest that either Benedict of Francis is the superior pope; it merely shows how different the two men, both servants of God, are.
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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
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