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No sign of Pope Francis' frugality in clerical cloth trade

Published on Feb 21, 2014 7:35 PM

ROME (REUTERS) - As the Vatican prepares to welcome 19 prelates to the high rank of cardinal, Pope Francis' call for frugality has had little effect on business for the Gammarelli family, suppliers of sumptuous clerical robes for more than two centuries.

In January, when he announced plans to create new cardinals and set the ceremony's date for this Saturday, Pope Francis also sent them a letter asking that they not see their appointment as a promotion and not to waste money holding celebratory parties.

He also said they should be "clothed in the virtues and sentiments of the Lord Jesus" as they help him run the Church.

Since a cardinal's ceremonial outfit is regulated by tradition, the pope was speaking figuratively.

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