As we have come to expect, Pope Francis is switching things up a bit. Last week I reported on the Feast of St. Agnes and its connection to the pallium. News out of Rome this week is that there will be changes to the way in which the pallia are distributed to the new metropolitan archbishops.
The pallium will no longer be bestowed liturgically on the new metropolitan archbishops in Rome during the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, as has been the recent custom. Rather, new metropolitan archbishops will be vested in their own archdiocese by the Apostolic Nuncio. According to Mgr. Guido Marini, the papal master of ceremonies, this new initiative by Pope Francis is meant to “greatly favor the participation of the local Church in an important moment of its life and history.”
The new metropolitan archbishops will be invited to concelebrate the Mass of the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul with the pope as has become the custom. After Mass, they will then be presented with their pallium privately. When they return to their dioceses it will then be bestowed on them liturgically.
More about the significance of the pallium and Pope Francis’ change in its bestowal can be found at America.