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- Date of production 20th century
- Dimensions height: 150 cm, width: 150 cm, weight: 1.4 kg
- Acquired date May 18, 1984
- Object copyright Museum Family House of Holy Father John Paul II
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
A white cassock with small buttons (just like red shoes) is an everyday Pope’s outfit. White symbolises the purity of body and soul. The history of the papal outfit of that colour dates back to the time of Pope Pius V — a Dominican who, during his pontificate (1566–1577), introduced decisions of the Council of Trent connected, among others, with the renewal of the hierarchy in the Church.more
A white cassock with small buttons (just like red shoes) is an everyday Pope’s outfit. White symbolises the purity of body and soul. The history of the papal outfit of that colour dates back to the time of Pope Pius V — a Dominican who, during his pontificate (1566–1577), introduced decisions of the Council of Trent connected, among others, with the renewal of the hierarchy in the Church.
The cassock, which belonged to John Paul II, is special due to the fact that one of its inner pockets has an embroidered note, “6–10 June 1979, Kraków” — a date which coincides with his first pilgrimage to Poland (2–10 June 1979).
Even the announcement of the visit, arranged on the anniversary of St. Stanislaus’s martyr death, caused anxiety among the communist government which unsuccessfully tried to ban the visit. During the homily in the Victory Square in Warsaw (former Piłsudski Square), historic words were spoken: “Let your spirit descend! Let your spirit descend! And renew the face of the earth. The face of this land!”
Among eight cities, Kraków was placed on the route of the pilgrimage (6 and 8–10 June) twice, along with Warsaw, Gniezno, Wadowice, Częstochowa, Oświęcim, Nowy Targ and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. It was in Kraków that John Paul II met the youth, initiating the tradition of meetings under the window on 3 Franciszkańska Street, which was later cultivated.
“When he appeared at the window for the first time in 1979 (…) he bantered with the clamorous youth: ‘It is hard to be the pope in Rome but it would be even harder to be one in Kraków, standing at the window with no time to sleep and think’”.
Under pressure put by the then authorities during the first visit, he did not manage to visit Nowa Huta. It was not possible until 1983, during his second pilgrimage.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.
 K. Wiśniewska, Między nimi był Karol, „Tygodnik Powszechny” 2005, 5 kwietnia [access: 09.05.2013]; self-translation.