I always love the historical irony of the fact that during the ‘Unification of Italy’ the Carabinieri were very pro-Mason and anti-Catholic, but now are some of the greatest devotees of Catholicism and frequently assist with papal functions. Who won in the long run? LOL.
I’m always struck by the beauty of the vestments in these photos. This weekend, my dear priest donned a “shoulder cape” (not sure what the correct liturgical term is for this particular wardrobe enhancer!) over his cassock while at coffee and donuts. Our MC asked us to continue to encourage Father as he wishes to “bring back” the past by using more of the “older” priestly garments.
The item to which you refer is in fact called a “shoulder cape” in English and it is not a liturgical vestment. The term “pelligrino” is used also which is the Italian term for the same thing. The ferriaolo is something completely different. It is the long cape worn by clerics on more solemn occasions within the liturgy,ie. solemn pontiical masses for the “familiari” and during non-liturgical occasions such as commencement exercises and other occasions where formal dress would be worn.