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The one certainty about next pope? He’ll wear Gammarelli

TAILOR FIT TO THE POPE Lorenzo Gammarelli poses in front of Gammarelli ecclesiastical tailoring in Rome on Feb. 21, 2013. The tailors at Gammarelli ecclesiastical tailoring are expected to be already creating sumptuous vestments for the new pope in small, medium and large sizes so that whoever is chosen will fit right into the clothes. Six generations of Gammarelli’s have had the honor of serving thousands of priests, and hundreds of Bishops and Cardinals and Pontiffs. AFP PHOTO

ROME—Nobody knows what the measurements of the next pope will be so Gammarelli — tailors to the papacy since the 18th century — have produced vestments in small, medium and large just in case.

“We have prepared three vestments in white wool, a stole, red loafers, a skullcap, as well as a red velvet cape with a white fur border since it’s winter,” Lorenzo Gammarelli told AFP at the store in Rome.

The job presents some very particular challenges.

“We can always adapt the vestments and the skullcap doesn’t change but it’s tricky with the loafers. The next pope cannot wear shoes that are not his size so we will offer all sizes,” he said.

It’s a delicate mission that Gammarelli’s expert tailors have been long accustomed to — as shown by the framed images of all the popes they have worked for on the walls of the old-worldy shop.

Proudly displayed in the store on a side street near the Pantheon in central Rome are also certificates that say the tailor is an official supplier to the Vatican.

“The fabric for the cassocks is pure wool. There is no special wool for the Holy Father. It’s the usual fabric that we use for all our clients who want to wear white,” Gammarelli said.

The shop appears like it has been unchanged for decades — from the old wooden counter to the stacks of rolls of fabric accessed by shopkeepers on wooden ladders.

A little spiral staircase leads up to the shop’s holy of holies — a workshop on the first floor where ordinary mortals are not allowed to go.

Gammarelli explained that between three and five tailors have worked on the papal vestments this time around — working in record time after Benedict XVI made the shock announcement on February 11 that he would step down.

“The conclave is an exceptional time,” he said.

“This time around it is even more so since we were not expecting at all. The resignation of the Holy Father really took us by surprise,” he said.

Benedict XVI, who now goes under the title of “pope emeritus”, stepped down as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics last Thursday.

“To be honest, when I first heard it, I couldn’t believe it. It seemed absurd,” Gammarelli said.

But the tailor did not add more on his views — a certain discretion is part and parcel of the job.

Asked how the delivery to the Vatican is made or who will put the finishing touches to the papal robes, Gammarelli offered only an enigmatic smile.

The conclave to elect popes is held in strictest secrecy in the Sistine Chapel. No date has been set but it is expected in the first half of March.

There is just one certainty: when the next pope emerges in front of the crowds in St Peter’s and with millions around the world watching, he will be dressed head to toe in Gammarelli.


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  • UrHONOR

    GANYAN ba ang followers of Christ….alter Christ?  Binunusisi ang panglabas?  Ganyan ba ang essence ng teachings at examples ni Christ na HUMILITY, MODESTY, SIMPLICITY, POVERTY and UNADORNED?  Following of Christ ba yan o following the lifestyle of the rich and famous?  Lintek din pala ang pope, ano, may sarili pang sastre!

    • http://twitter.com/jundemarlc jundemar cabeguin

       bobo!

      • UrHONOR

        OO nga, malaking kabobohan yang pinaggagawa nilang kabobohang yan.  Buti ka pa matalino at nalalaman mo kung ano ang bobo.

    • generalproblem

      kung hindi ka katoliko wag mong pulaan kung ano meron kami dahil hindi naman namin pinupulaan ang pagiging satanista mo

      • Cruxofthematter

        So a person has no right to say something when he finds something wrong? This evil concoction of the Papacy and its blind followers are eating up into our relatives and what right have you to say that we do not have such right to bombast the RC? Show us that it is not evil, and we will stop. But not until you can prove that, these rebukes will never stop. Empty cans sound the loudest and they have no content in their posts. But know this content – what was the title Pont Max associated with in the past? Would you know? Search.

      • generalproblem

        langhiya ikaw lang pala ang problema sa sa pamilya nyo mga kamag anak mo pala katoliko din ikaw lang pala ang naligaw ng landas. ganyan talaga pag nabasahan ng mga naggagaling galingan sa bibliya ting nan mo si pacman mayayaman na yung mga pastor. magtayo ka na lang ng religion mong sarili nang di ka naiingit

      • Cruxofthematter

         ;-)

      • UrHONOR

        KUNG katoliko ka at hindi ka kaTOLik HINDI ka magsasalita ng ganyan sa kapwa mo.  Hindi ganyan ang turo ng Catholicism na Compassion at Tolerance, kung naiintindihan mo ang mga yan.  Yang nalalaman mo ay turo sa palengke at kalye ng kabulastugan.

        At kung may konti kang pag-iisip na na-iipon, ANO ANG PINAGBUBUSA mong “PULAAN”? Ituro mo kung ano yang kalechesang pinalultang mong “PULAAN” kung tunay kang may sapat na pag-iisip….ano yang MERON KAYO?  Anong malay ko kung anong “meron” kayo…. kahit na anupamang meron kayo, wala akong paki-alam kahit na katiting sa TNL na MERON na yan.  Wala akong ka-interes-interes sa kung anong “meron” kayo. Magkakakalkal ka ng BASURA sa isipan mo, tapos magrereklamo ka na MABAHO.  Pag-iisipan mo ng masama ang hindi mo lubusang nauunawaang pagpapahayag. Ni hindi mo pinagbigyan ang nagpapalahad na bigyan ka ng kapaliwanagan sa HINDI MO NAIIINTINHAN sa binasa mo sa pamamgitan ng PAGTATANONG. NAKABARIL ka kaagad ng SATANISTA na narinig mo lang sa mga damasing. May alam ka ba sa SATANISTA? Masama ba ang SATANISTA? Sa tabas ng dila mo, nakakahigit ng maraming ulit sa pag-iisip mo ang satanisya. Hindi ko sinasabing tanga kang mag-isip dahil ayaw kong makasakit ng malamamong damdamin ng kapwa ko. Ang tanging masasabi kng panghuli ay angkop-na-angkol yang napili mong USERNAME sa katauhan mo: GENERAL PROBLEM.

      • generalproblem

        hahaha satanista mga tauhan ni taning wala na kayo ibang magawa dahil di nyo matalo ang mga katoliko ngek ngek nyo mga satanista

      • UrHONOR

        SA TABAS ng dila mong masama, HINDI kia katoliko at gusto mo lamang siraan ang Catholic Faith sa pamamagitan ng ginagaw mong kabulastugan sa sarili mo.  Gusto pa sana kitang patulan, pero hindi tama yong patay na yong kabayo, e, hinahagupit pa.  Satanas ka ng satanas, e, nakakahigit ng maraming ulit si satanas o ang satanas sa pagka-tao mo.  Ha ha ha  TAO ka ba talaga?

      • Cruxofthematter

         Matt.12:31

      • generalproblem

        ah pag pinulaan kayong mga satanista nagagalit kayo mga ungas ano gagawing nyong puncging bag kaming katoliko at pag gumanti kami eh maggaalit kayo animal hindi na uso yung pag sinampal ka ibibigay mo yang kabila para masampal din gaganti na kami sa inyo

      • UrHONOR

        SAGUTIN mo yong simpleng tanong sa kinakanderet mong GENERAL PROBLEM.  Kung ano-ano na naman ang pinalulutang mong BAGO, e yong INUMPISAHAN mong SUNOG hindi mo asikasuhin.  Walang kalatuy-latuy yang sampal-samal na pinagbubusa mo.  SAMPAL ang aatupagin mo, e, BARIL na ang ginamit mo? Hamo na lang, kabayan, ayaw aksayahin ang panahon ko sa boksingerong takbo-ng-takbo at tabo-ng-tago sa likod ng referee.  Ang gantihan mo ay yong kung kanino ka natuto mag-isip  at kung nagbayad ka, humingi ka ng refund.

      • Cruxofthematter

         Matt. 12:31

  • Cruxofthematter

    Pope – “vicar” of Christ
    Christ : “Foxes have holes but the Son of Man does not have place to put his head on.”
    Pope : villa in Gandolfo, huge office in Vatican, Gamarelli, bullet proof cars, body-guards.
    Christ : “My will is to do the will of My Father”
    Pope : Infallible for as long as he is Pope. When is ousted, some Vatican spokesman will judge he is no longer infallible
    Christ: “Anyone who comes after me must deny himself take up his cross and follow me.”
    Pope: Anyone who desires to be a priest must kiss the Pope’s ring (where is his cross)?

    The Papacy is utter nonsense.

    • generalproblem

      ***hole

      • Cruxofthematter

        Pigeon…;-)

      • generalproblem

        hehehe chickensh*t

      • Cruxofthematter

         Matt.12:31

  • Cruxofthematter

    The papacy is utter evil.

    • generalproblem

      really and who are you lucifer

      • Cruxofthematter

         What I know is that I am NOT a general problem who is has no brains but no sense in whatever things posted.

      • generalproblem

        ikaw ang no brains kasi dika makaakit ng mga katoliko para lumipat sa kulto mo biro mo ikaw lang pala ang satanista sa pamilya nyo. gusto mo yung abuloy ng pamilya mo mapunta sa bulsa mo sino ba sinasamba mo si satanas

      • Cruxofthematter

         Nonsense is the quality of those who pose as the general problem to the country’s woes. Refusal to learn is worse than having no knowledge at all. For the lack of knowledge destroys a country Hos. 4:6. There is an utter lack of knowledge of the doctrines of God as written in His Word. Traditions are followed rather than the true blue teaching of God’s Word. The creature is worshipped rather than the Creator. Matt. 7:7

  • Cruxofthematter

    Head to toe in Gammarelli. So he gets paid by the biggest bank in the world which also has been reprimanded for its money laundering activities – none else but the Bank of Vatican? Who are behind all these? The army of the Pope – the Jesuits? And the millions of blind Philippine followers who eat whatever they are fed – hook, line and sinker – without thinking and without searching. “For my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Be warned. Do not contribute to the general problem. Be the solution. ;-)



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