The Church Visible:
The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church [Hardcover]
By James-Charles Noonan Jr.
Sterling Ethos, 2012
512 pages, $23
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In the last month, with the abdication of Pope Benedict, the sede vacante (empty chair of Peter), the gathering of the cardinals in Rome and now the conclave in session, the ceremonial life of the Catholic Church has held the attention of the world. The protocols, the rituals, the symbols each have ancient, and sometimes not so ancient, meaning.
The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Catholic Church by James-Charles Noonan Jr. (first edition), published in 1996 by Viking,...READ MORE