The servant of the servants…in dalmatic

Below, Pope Benedict celebrates mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, January 1, 2011.

You can read more about the pontiff’s New Year’s message here.  And he also announced a special inter-religious summit in Assisi for peace.


  1. All your orders belong to Us. :)

  2. I wouldn’t call that a dalmatic—-I’d call it a fiddleback, as the previous comment seems to indicate.

  3. Deacon Greg Kandra says:


    He’s wearing the dalmatic under the fiddleback. (And an alb under the dalmatic).

    Bishops (who are, of course, also deacons) will sometimes wear the deacon vestment under a chasuble for special occasions — most often, ordinations. Benedict also wore the vestment last year, on Holy Thursday, for the washing of feet.

    I don’t recall John Paul wearing dalmatics with any regularity (but maybe I just wasn’t paying attention.)

    Dcn. G.

  4. Holly Hansen says:

    On one hand very pretty on the other bulky and overdone. I know we’ve all become fashion critics.

  5. bb mcginley says:

    Who is the assistant to Pope Ratzinger at the masses? He Travels with our Pope and always stands behind and to the right of the Pope.

  6. naturgesetz says:

    The dalmatic seems very plain, even more so than the alb.

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