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When Francis broke his ferula ...
The papal ferula, the liturgical staff that symbolizes the spiritual and temporal power of the Successor of Peter, is one of eight specific ornaments reserved for Peter's Successors. On June 6, 2015, during a visit to Sarajevo (Bosnia), there was a moment of consternation: The ferula broke just before Mass in the Olympic Stadium. But this pope isn’t easily discouraged! The pope, a proponent of simplicity, contented himself with repairing the ferula for the moment with a piece of tape.