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The ring

MIchael Paulson’s got a close-up photo and the story of the Cardinals’ rings:

Turns out that these rings are sort of designed by the pope, in the sense that the pope gets to choose the image on the outside, which in this case is a modern depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus, with Mary and John at his sides. The ring also includes the papal seal on the inside.

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posted March 26, 2006 at 10:14 am

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posted March 26, 2006 at 6:45 pm

It used to be that the ring cardinals got from the Pope they never wore, and their ordinary ring had a sapphire, which was a stone forbidden to any other prelate. Interestingly, Cardinal Ratzinger wore precisely such a gemmed ring, which was consipcuously on his finger through the beginning of his Pontificate.

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