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01/21/2012 Vatican, lambs blessed by the Pope – Vatican Insider – 24th January, 2012

Like every year on the feast of St. Agnes: their wool will serve for weaving the stoles to be imposed on the new archbishops
vatican insider staff

A ritual gesture, and an old one, in the Urban VIII Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, characterized today’s late morning commitments of Benedict XVI. After the audience with the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, there were presented to the Pope – as on every January 21, the feast of St. Agnes – two lambs blessed this morning in the Basilica of the same name on via Nomentana, and whose wool will be used for the weaving of sacred pallium.

The pallium are the white woolen stoles decorated with six black crosses – as Vatican Radio recalls – kept in an urn at the Confession of St. Peter and imposed every year by the Pope, on June 29, on the new metropolitan archbishops, during the solemn Mass of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The lambs are traditionally raised by the religious of the Roman convent of San Lorenzo in Panisperna and are offered to the Pope by the Canons Regular of the Lateran on the liturgical memorial of St. Agnes, the Roman martyr who in traditional iconography is often depicted with a lamb.

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