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Special ‘Pallium’ Mass on Tuesday

Apostolic Nuncio His Excellency Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu will officially impose Archbishop Jason Gordon with the pallium which he received from Pope Francis, June 29 at a 5 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday.

The pallium is a white wool vestment, adorned with six black silk crosses. Dating back to at least the fifth century, the wearing of the pallium by the pope and metropolitan archbishops symbolises authority as well as unity with the Holy See.

A Catholic News Agency report in January 29, 2015 said that as a sign of “synodality” with local churches, Pope Francis has decided that new metropolitan archbishops will officially be imposed with the pallium in their home diocese, rather than the Vatican.

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