WelCom October 2023
Archbishop Paul Martin sm is to receive his pallium at a special ceremony in Wellington from Papal Nuncio Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa, on Sunday, 5 November, at the 5pm Mass, St Mary of the Angels. The New Zealand bishops will be present.
The pallium is a distinctive liturgical garment. It consists of narrow, white woollen bands, approximately two inches wide, adorned with 12-inch pendants.
The pope confers the pallium upon archbishops and bishops with metropolitan jurisdiction, as a tangible representation of the unity between Rome and the local church.
This local presentation marks a departure from the tradition of archbishops travelling to Rome to receive the pallium directly from the pope.