Vestments and symbols of the Office of the Cardinal

  • February 13, 2012

When Archbishop Thomas Collins becomes Thomas Cardinal Collins the principal colour of his vestments will become scarlet to symbolize the blood that a cardinal is willing to shed for his faith.

Scarlet was installed as the colour for cardinals by Pope Gregory X at the Second Council of Lyon in 1274.

The vestments of a cardinal have evolved over the decades and the current standards were set in 1969 under Pope Paul VI.

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