What will he wear?
That was my first question after he offered his resignation.
As most people now know, he will still wear white, a white cassock without the mozzetta/cape. I don't like white. I'm always afraid a modern pope will adopt the clerical suit - in white - and then look like some Southern Baptist preacher. God forbid. Anyway, I wish he'd gone back to black - or at least, "gone to purple, by now". I would have.
He won't be wearing red shoes any longer either. I've always like the red shoes. I suppose the red hats and red cappas have to go too.
Elijah and the Pope.
I'm painting another Carmelite icon, it will be the fifth Elijah icon I've done, this time slightly different. Pondering the great Prophet, I was considering his 'assumption' - when he left Elisha, taken up into heaven by a fiery chariot, in a whirlwind as it were, letting fall his mantle to his successor. I likened that image to Our Holy Father's departure to Castel Gandolfo by helicopter, which will take place this Thursday evening.
Thus, the Holy Father will ascend, leaving his mozzetta to his successor.
The modern Pope outfit