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Why is the Pope’s Cassock White While the Clothes of Other Clergymen are Usually Black?


Why is it that the pope’s cassock is white while the clothes of other clergymen are usually black?


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

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