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6 November Nov 2015 1146 one year ago

A story about the beatification of St. Charles Borromeo

Anecdotes and curiosities from the Archive of the Veneranda Fabbrica


The Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo commissioned, at its own expense, all the vestments for the ceremony of St. Charles Borromeo’s beatification, celebrated in Rome on the 1st November 1610 in St. Peter’s Basilica by Pope Paul V. Many and intriguing the documents from the Archive about this event, so important in the history of Milanese Church.

The document above reports the extremely detailed recommendations sent from Rome to the Veneranda Fabbrica for the creation of the Pope’s vestments: the cloak, as all the clothing, had to be white, embroidered in gold or silver – a decision up to the Fabbrica – with the figures of the dragon and of the eagle, symbols appearing in the Pope’s crest. A decorated strip was to be embellished with the effigies of the Saints Peter, Paul, Barnabas, Gregory and of the great Milanese Saint Ambrose, beside the portrait of the Blessed Charles. The cowl, also embroidered, was to be adorned with the image of the Virgin with Child. The document from Rome also specified that all of this «has to be as lighter as possible», to not weigh too much on the Pope’s shoulders.