Pope Francis will pay homage to the first pope to retire, St. Celestine, during a visit to St. Celestine's hometown on Saturday July 5. Pope Benedict also honored him by visiting there too.
When Pope Benedict visited St. Celestine, the first pope to retire, the Holy Father left on his glass casket the pallium he was given at his installation, the ungainly one.
Here are pictures of that historic event which, now in hindsight, was a symbolic gesture of Pope Benedict that he would follow St. Celestine's tradition of retiring from the papacy:
Will Pope Francis on Saturday place his old pallium on the glass casket of St. Celestine and will this gesture indicate that he will follow soon Pope Benedict's tradition borrowed from Pope Saint Celestine?
In this photo one sees the three different style of papal pallium, the first and longest running one the one Pope St. John Paul II is wearing; the second the revised one imposed upon Pope Benedict at his inauguration, which he later gave to Pope St. Celestine; and the third the one Pope Benedict wore and the same style imposed upon Pope Francis at his inauguration, which he has subsequently given up to return to Pope St. John Paul II's style.