Archbishop Lori to Receive the Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI in Rome Friday, June 29

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore will be among those receiving the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI during a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Friday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m. (3:00 a.m. Eastern).

The pallium is a light vestment made of wool shorn from lambs blessed by the Holy Father on the Feast of St. Agnes, January 21. It is conferred each year on June 29, the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, on metropolitan archbishops—one who also has limited jurisdiction over one or more other dioceses—who were named in the past year.

Archbishop Lori, who was installed as the 16th archbishop of Baltimore on May 16, is among only four archbishops from the United States who will receive the pallium during Friday’s Mass in Rome. The other three Americans are Archbishop-designate Samuel Aquila of Denver, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop William Skurla of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Byzantine Catholic).

Among those attending the Mass will be approximately 100 pilgrims from Baltimore and other locations where Archbishop Lori has served during his priestly ministry.

The pope will place the pallium—a circular band about two inches wide, made of white wool, and worn over the chasuble (outer Mass vestment) about the neck, breast and shoulders—on Archbishop Lori, symbolizing his pastoral authority within the Province of Baltimore and of his communion with the Holy Father as the Successor to St. Peter and Shepherd of the Universal Church.

Though his is different from the pallia conferred on archbishops, the pope also wears a pallium when celebrating Mass. Unlike archbishops, the pope may wear his everywhere as a symbol of his universal jurisdiction. A metropolitan archbishop may wear his pallium while celebrating Mass in the churches of his province.

Worn by the bishops of Rome since the fourth century, the pallium has two pendants, one hanging down in front, and the other in back. It is set with six black crosses of silk, one each on the breast and back, one on each shoulder, and one on each of the pendants.

The pallium Mass will be broadcast live on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) at 3:00 a.m. (Eastern) Friday, June 29.


Live feed of the Mass. The Mass will be broadcast live (3:00 a.m. Eastern) by Vatican Television Centre and Baltimore-area stations have been granted one-time permission to downlink the live feed of the Mass. See below for downlink instructions:

Expected time: 2:55-5:40 a.m. Eastern
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Satellite: Intelesat Galaxy [email protected] 97 degrees W
Transponder: Txp K8
Frequency: 11874 MHz- Horizontal
FEC: 2/3
Symbol: 22000
Rate: MSym/sec
Video PID: 2161
Audio 1 PID: 2124
Audio 2 PID: 519
Channel 2: “TELESPACE” – Audio 2 519 natural sound

Feed of vo/sots with Abp. Lori and Baltimore pilgrims. Sound with Archbishop Lori after the Mass and with Baltimore Catholics in Rome will be sent via FTP on Friday, June 29 following the Mass. The files will be sent in MPG4 format. The feed will include b-roll from the Mass, as well as sound. Please notify Sean Caine what email address your outlet wishes to be used for FTP delivery.

Phone interviews. Archbishop Lori will have availability to do interviews by phone from Rome. Please contact Sean Caine to make arrangements.

Contact. Sean Caine will be in Rome June 27-July 1. He can be reached by phone (443-857-4372) and email (

Sean Caine

Sean Caine is Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Communications