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Why does the Pope wear red shoes?

Beginning with the pontificate of John XXIII, the popes have worn red Moroccan-leather loafers with white cotton socks in both everyday and liturgical contexts. It wasn’t always that way: For centuries and up through the pontificate of Pius XII, “the popes also made use of richly embroidered velvet slippers, often sewn with gems, which matched the colors of the liturgical vestments,” notes The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church by James-Charles Noonan Jr.

It is often claimed that Pope Benedict XVI wears red shoes made by Prada. In fact, they are made by an Alps-based shoemaker, according to Zenit.


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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.