Lima, Peru, Mar 27, 2012 / 15:04 pm
The cassocks and stoles used by over 150 priests and deacons during Mass presided by Pope Benedict in Santiago, Cuba on March 26 were crafted and sent from Peru "full of prayers."
The vestments were created by Talleres San José (St. Joseph's Workshop) in Lima, Perú upon the request of the Archbishop of Santiago, Dionisio García Ibáñez.
Verónica Lozada, a consecrated laywoman from the Marian Community of Reconciliation which oversaw the project, told CNA that they had encouraged artisans "to offer up their work for the Pope's intentions so that the cassocks be full of prayers."
"It was a very special order," she said. "We are serving the Church. It's the reason for our existence."