Why is the pope's cassock white?


#1

Why is it that our pope’s “normal” garments (clothes – I’m sorry, I don’t know the exact English terms) have the color white, while the clothes of many other clergymen are often darker, even black?


#2

The custom of popes wearing white cassocks and clerical garb dates to Pope St. Pius V, a Dominican who chose to continue to wear the Dominican white habit as pope. Successive popes continued the custom until it became the traditional color of the pope’s clothing.


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