Benedict XVI’s red shoes in Granada

THE red leather shoes favoured by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have found their resting place in a Granada museum. The items of footwear handcrafted by Italian designer Adriano Stefanelli and worn by the pope in the final years of his papacy are now on display at Granada’s Casa de los Pisa.

Benedict XVI gave the shoes to the director of the Vatican pharmacy, Brother Rafael Cenizo of the Order of St John of the Cross, who comes from Sevilla and in turn donated them to the congregation’s museum in Granada. This Order of St John archive museum has a massive collection of documents of great value.

It also has a large collection of artworks and items including red ‘babuchas’ belonging to Pope Benedict XV, the funeral stole of Pope Leo XIII, skullcaps of Popes Paul V and Pius XII, shield and stamp of Pope John XXIII, garments worn by Popes Pius X and Benedict XV, and a handkerchief of Pope Pius IX. There is even a handkerchief of Pope John Paul I, although his pontificate lasted just one month.

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