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Cardinals wear red because it symbolises blood, that they are ready to shed their blood in defence of the faith. It's also why the Pope's "official" footwear is red: that symbolises that he is ready to walk the way of the martyrs which is stained with the blood they shed. Pope Benedict XVI explained in the Angelus address on Sunday 19 February 2012 ...


Vestment Color Indicating Liturgical Season With respect to vestment color, the appropriate document for the Catholic Church is the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, which has quite a long section on the color of vestments as part of Chapter VI, "The Requisites For The Celebration Of Mass". With respect to colors of vestments in general, paragraph ...

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