Editors note: The cappa magna ("great cape"),
is a voluminous ecclesiastical vestment with a long train.
The cappa magna is not strictly a liturgical vestment,
but only a glorified cappa choralis, or choir cope.
Why the new guidelines?
Ask Madonna ...
Madonna's shocking fall backwards while a dancer
attempted to remove her beautiful cape during a
performance. Trooper that she is, the elderly singer,
flat on the floor, continued with her song, ironically belting out the
Madonna claimed to be unhurt and continued
with the performance, but a nursing assistant
tweeted this photo of the star going upstairs
to the bathroom in her home.
Unconfirmed reports suggest Vatican spokesman, Fr. Rosica
leaked to reporters that the new regulations
are a sign of the Holy Father's deep concern for the
safety of those prelates 'who like to travel and dress up'.
Outside the Vatican sources insist the new mandate was
necessary after the Holy Father saw photos of
Madonna's fall on stage. Conscious of his own missteps,
the concerned Pope reportedly told kitchen workers:
'Pontifical Masses can be just as dangerous for elderly prelates
going up and down all those stairs, with swarms of altar boys underfoot.'