At Vatican Insider, Andrea Tornielli reports on the cost of the new cardinals’ clothing:

Here are the current prices for items prepared by Rome’s most renowned tailor, Gammarelli, which has traditionally been the Pope’s tailor. The red mozzetta  which cardinals wear with their choral vestments, costs about 200 Euro, but the price goes up if one chooses cord buttons  – which are hand made and more sought after (they cost 20 Euro each) – instead of cloth buttons. The red cassock costs approximately 800 Euro, while the three-cornered hat without a bow, which is typical for cardinals, can cost between 80 and 120 Euro. The red and golden cord for the pectoral cross costs around 80 Euro: the price varies according to how elegant it is and the size of the bow on the back. The red fascia which is worn with the red cassock and the black cassock with red piping, costs about 200 Euro. A black cassock with red piping costs approximately 600 Euro, while the cardinal’s red zucchetto is priced at around 40 Euro. Finally, the red socks cost about 15 Euro for a pair.

Given that cardinals usually purchase two sets of each of these outfits, they can expect to spend around four to five thousand Euro to complete their wardrobe. The cardinal’s ring is a gift from the Pope.

That is 3 or 4 thousand British pounds, 5 or 6 thousand bucks in the U.S.

Read the rest here.

Let us pray for the six cardinals to be created Saturday.