(Francis I, Pope) (1936- )
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Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; cardinal-archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina before he was elected supreme pontiff and bishop of Rome. One-time provincial superior of the Society of Jesus in Argentina.
We are pleased to offer a white silk zucchetto personally worn by Pope Francis and gifted to an Italian gentleman. The zucchetto is in pristine condition and is accompanied by an official statement from the second personal secretary of Pope Francis attesting as to its authenticity. The card from the personal secretary bears the paper-embossed seal of the papal personal secretary. Also included is the original mailing envelope bearing the postal indicea of Vatican City State. The Italian gentleman who obtained the zucchetto has parents who have long worked in Vatican City State.
The papal skullcap is housed in a custom-made box bearing the papal coat of arms in color along with a gilt title plate. The cover features white silk and the interior a yellow-gold fabric. A color image of Pope Francis is mounted inside the box (from an original oil painting). This is an uncommon opportunity to acquire an important piece of papal memorabilia.
Throughout his public life, both as an individual and as a religious leader, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs and faiths. He is known for having a simpler and less formal approach to the papacy, most notably by choosing to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace used by his predecessors. In addition, due to both his Jesuit and Ignatian aesthetic, he is known for favoring simpler vestments void of ornamentation, including refusing the traditional papal mozzetta cape upon his election, choosing silver instead of gold for his piscatory ring, and keeping the same pectoral cross he had when he was cardinal.
In the past year, similar papal zucchettos, without any official documentation, have sold at auction for upwards of $24,000.