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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Purple Rain #2

Sporting, once again, a frankly magnificent Gamarelli plumage, here we give to you the Latin biretta of a Papal Nuncio. As you can no doubt tell, its purple lining is what sets it apart from that of the Latin bishop. 


  1. The nuncios use watered silk in their birettas, skullcaps and sashes. That is the difference.

  2. The last papal nuncio to the UK, used a violet/ gold braided cord to his pectoral cross when in choir dress, rather than the usual green/ gold braided cord used by archbishops. So, in line with that, an ordinary archbishop has a green lining to his violet biretta, and the use of a violet lining is possibly restricted members of the papal household.