Catholic Dictionary

Tiara

The crown or ceremonial headdress worn by the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. Made of silver or gold cloth and decorated with precious stones, it has three crowns or diadems, representing the tripartite rule of the Vicar of Christ: his universal episcopate, his supremacy of jurisdiction, and his temporal influence. Since the papacy of Paul VI, the tiara has not been used by the Holy Father. However, a future Pope could decide to wear the tiara for nonliturgical but public functions.

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