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Archbishop Tagle to receive Pallium in Rome on June 29

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle will receive the pallium, which typifies their participation in the supreme pastoral power of the pope. The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI will confer the  pallium, a wide circular band worn over the vestiments, on him and other metropolitan archbishops from all over the world appointed during the course of the last year in a concelebrated Mass on June 29, 2012, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, at the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila
wearing his Pallium

Other Filipino archbishops receiving the pallium in the same ceremony are Palo Archbishop John F. Du, Capiz Archbishop Jose F. Advincula and Davao Archbishop Romulo G. Valles.

Only the Pope and Archbishops use the pallium. The Pope uses the pallium to symbolize the  plenitudo pontificalis officii (i.e. the plenitude of pontifical office). For the archbishops, it signifies the power conceded to them by the Pope for their proper church provinces. It is thus given to metropolitan archbishops.  A metropolitan is an archbishop who presides over an ecclesiastical province within which there are a number of suffragan dioceses. The Ecclesiastical Province of Manila consists of the Dioceses of Antipolo, Cubao, Kalookan, Imus, Malolos, Novaliches, Parañaque, Pasig, and San Pablo; the apostolic vicariates of Puerto Princesa and Taytay, and the Military Ordinariate.

The Catholic encyclopedia gives this description of the pallium.

“The modern pallium is a circular band about two inches wide, worn about the neck, breast, and shoulders, and having two pendants, one hanging down in front and one behind. The pendants are about two inches wide and twelve inches long, and are weighted with small pieces of lead covered with black silk. The remainder of the pallium is made of white wool, part of which is supplied by two lambs presented annually as a tax by the Lateran Canons Regular to the Chapter of St. John on the feast of St. Agnes, solemnly blessed on the high altar of that church after the pontifical Mass, and then offered to the pope. The ornamentation of the pallium consists of six small black crosses — one each on the breast and back, one on each shoulder, and one on each pendant. The crosses on the breast, back, and left shoulder are provided with a loop for the reception of a gold pin set with a precious stone. The pallium is worn over the chasuble.

“The new palliums are solemnly blessed after the Second Vespers on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, and are then kept in a special silver-gilt casket near the Confessio Petri until required.”

Archbishop Tagle left for Rome on June 25. Some of the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila and his parents and other members of his family will be present in the ceremony in Rome.