CNA Staff, Jul 18, 2020 / 14:38 pm
Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia will receive a liturgical vestment known as the pallium in a local Mass this weekend, breaking from the tradition of receiving it in a papal ceremony at the Vatican due to Covid-related travel restrictions.
The pallium is a vestment the pope and metropolitan archbishops wear in their churches. It is a white woolen stole adorned with six black crosses.
The pope traditionally bestows the stole to the new archbishops on June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. The rite is a sign of communion with the See of Peter.
However, with travel still restricted as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Perez will instead receive the pallium from Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the pope's apostolic nuncio to the U.S., at a Mass in Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.