The Uniform of the Swiss Guard: A 100-Year-Old Tradition

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Were the uniforms of the Swiss Guard designed by Michelangelo?  I've always heard that; but today I read--on the Vatican's own website--that Michelangelo had nothing to do with it!  Instead, it was Commandant Jules Repond, inspired by the frescoes of Raffaello, who had the inspiration for the iconic uniforms which are worn by guards in Vatican City and at papal events. In any case,  they are lovely, aren't they?  The bold blue, red and yellow stripes, the white of the collar and glov … [Read more...]

Vegemite and Hot Cross Buns: A Rose By Any Other Name

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. --Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) Today, my friends, two stories from the Land Down Under.In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, two young teenagers—Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet—meet and fall in love.   Their relationship is doomed from the start, since their families are enemies. Juliet tells her beloved Romeo that names are meaningless—that she loves the person who is called “Montague” and not his name and not … [Read more...]


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