Pope Benedict XVI will be inaugurated in a solemn Mass on Sunday morning, presided over by Senior Cardinal Deacon Jorge Medina Estevez of Chile. The event is expected to closely resemble John Paul II's investiture in 1978.
Before the Mass
During the installation, the pope receives the pallium, a narrow white stole of symbolic significance. Before his investiture in 1978, Pope John Paul II blessed the pallium at the Altar of the Confession, then descended the stairs there to pray at the tomb of St. Peter.
About the pallium
* Two-inch-wide, white wool stole embroidered with black silk crosses
* Fastened with three jeweled gold pins across his chest, at his back, and left shoulder, symbolizing ChristOs wounds.
* Crosses represent the cardinal virtues: justice, fortitude, temperance and prudence.
* Two pendants, one in front and one in back, symbolize active and contemplative life.
Miter: The liturgical headdress worn only by the pope, cardinals and bishops. Derived from the Greek word mitra, meaning turban.