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Vestment colors are used to represent the mood of the Mass being celebrated. Violet is used for penitential seasons and occasions of mourning. The cape-like vestment itself, called a cope, is in a modern style that Benedict has laid aside in recent months.
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Rose is only worn twice a year, on the 3rd Sunday of Advent and the 4th Sunday of Lent, when this photo was taken. In order to mark the relaxation of the penitential character of these seasons, the normal color, purple is lightened a shade, yielding rose.
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Blue chasubles (the outermost garment) are extremely unusual for the Pontiff to wear. The normal liturgical colors used by Catholics are: White, Red, Green, Purple, Black and Rose. This garment, worn by Benedict in Austria last year, is also unusual in that it features a very full cut and its abstract design.
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This red wool cap has been part of the papal wardrobe since the 12th century. It fell into disuse after the death of Pope John XXIII in 1963, but it was revived in December 2005 by Benedict.
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The last Pope to wear a white Easter mozetta (the shawl-like garment over the shoulders) was Paul VI (1963 - 1978). This garment was traditionally worn during the first eight days of the Easter season. Benedict has not only revived that custom, but extended the garment's use throughout the whole fifty days of the Easter season, in order to mark the special, solemn character of the time and the centrality of Easter to Christian belief.
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This traditional red hat, named for its resemblance to the planet Saturn was a favorite of John Paul II. Benedict has worn it several times to shield himself from the sun.
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The Holy Father waves to attendees as he celebrates Mass, on April 17.
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