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Blessed wool for the bishops back


Two fluffy lambs were given a holy blessing in an ancient tradition to mark the feast of St Agnes.

Pope Benedist blessed the little animals - which are raised by Trappist monks - yesterday whose fleece will be shorn to make the palliums that are given to new metropolitan archbishops.

Catholic World News reports that every year on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Pope presents the pallium to each prelate who has been named as an
archbishop during the preceding year.

The blessing honours St Agnes, a 4th-century martyr whose symbol is a lamb.

SOURCE
Pope blesses lambs: Vatican tradition for feast of St. Agnes (Catholic World News 21/01/08)

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22 Jan 2008