Pope's new clothes? Check. Tailor rolls out robes

Pope's new clothes? Check. Tailor rolls out robes

(AP) Pope’s new clothes? Check. Tailor rolls out robes
ROME
White cassock? Check. White skullcap? Check. Red shoes? Check.

Cardinals haven’t even begun meeting in the Sistine Chapel yet to elect the new pope but the family-owned Gammarelli tailor shop that has dressed popes for two centuries is ready.

Gammarelli’s on Monday displayed three sets of white vestments _ small, medium and large _ to be shipped to the Vatican for the new pope following Benedict XVI’s resignation last week.

A white silk “zucchetto,” or skullcap, lay on a bed of red cloth in the window, as did a white sash with golden fringes and a pair of red leather shoes.

Gammarelli, tucked behind the Pantheon in downtown Rome, has served scores of cardinals and popes since 1798. Pope Pius XII was an exception: he used his family tailor.

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