Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Biretta of St. Charles

Since today is the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, and given our recent focus upon black vestments, there was a nice combination of these elements coming from Fr. Jeffry Moore who has a 2nd class relic of St. Charles Borromeo in the form of his biretta.

Fr. Moore says that St. Charles Borromeo left this biretta at this location only three days before he died in 1584. The church, founded in 1392, is Santa Maria Misericordia and is both Roman and Ambrosian. Fr. Moore notes that Cardinal Borromeo most likely said Mass at the very same altar.

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