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pallium

(păl`ēəm), vestment proper to the pope, who confers it on archbishops in token of their union with and obedience to him. It is a band of cloth worn around the neck and has a 2-in. (5.1-cm) pendant hanging down in both front and back. There are six black crosses on the pallium. It is woven of wool from two lambs presented to the pope at the Church of St. Agnes on her feast day. Certain liturgical functions, such as ordination, require the use of the pallium, and an archbishop may not perform those until he has received it. The pallium is as old as the 6th cent.

pallium

[′pal·ē·əm]
(anatomy)
The cerebral cortex.
(invertebrate zoology)
The mantle of a mollusk or brachiopod.
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I was back in Rome to receive from Pope John Paul II a pallium, a woolen stole worn by residential archbishops (metropolitans).
The palliums are blessed on the eve of the feast then kept in a silver-gilt casket near the tomb of St Peter.
But they appear to be largely from the collection baskets of charities tied to the bishops' palliums, and not from the pockets of the lunch bucket Catholics who still give generously to their parishes.