(Latin: pontificalia, things pertaining to a bishop)

Marks of dignity used by cardinals and bishops at Mass and other offices of the Church when celebrating with full pontifical solemnity; also, at Mass only, by abbots in their monasteries and by some privileged prothonotaries Apostolic, and canons. The pontificals common to all are eight in number: buskins, sandals, gloves, dalmatic, tunicle, ring, pectoral cross, and mitre. Among the pontificals not common to all are the crosier, gremial, pallium, and archiepiscopal processional cross.

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