The pope of surprises did it again – but this time in a direction untypical of his pontificate thus far.
For the traditional blessing urbi et orbi – “to the city and to the world” – Pope Francis appeared on the loggia of St. Peter’s wearing on his head the tiara which even his more traditional predecessors have renounced. The tiara is one given to Francis in May 2016 by the President of the Assembly of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Trajko Veljanoski. At that time Francis gratefully received the gift, but it was not expected that he would actually wear it. Until today.
In his address this morning, the pope prayed for an end to the bloody war in Syria.