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of Brasenose College^ Oxford, 

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The Author only professes to give to the public 
the details of some of the Ceremonies that he wit- 
nessed from the death of Pope Leo XIII. to the 
Coronation of Pope Pius X., details which he entered 
daily in his diary, without at the time any thought 
of publication. He was, however, persuaded by friends 
that they might prove of interest to the general 
public as well as to those who are in communion 
with Rome. Having had the privilege for a period 
of some thirty-five years of being Chamberlain to 
three successive Pontiffs, he has many diaries in 
addition, written on other occasions, which may even- 
tually be given to the public. These many inter- 
esting reminiscences include an CEcumenical Council, 
four Jubilees, three Canonizations, two Papal Con- 
secrations of Bishops, many Consistories (including 
those at which Cardinals Manning, Howard, and 
Newman received their hats), a Blessing of the 
Golden Rose, and of the Ducal Sword and Cap, an 
' Anno Santo,' two Conclaves, and two Coronations, 
as well as many pilgrimages and visits of Sovereigns 
to His Holiness. He was also present in Rome at 


the entry of the Italian Troops in September, 1870, 
and was on duty in the Vatican on the historic occa- 
sion when King Edward VII. visited the Pontiff — 
the first British Sovereign who has done so for many 

The Author has been further influenced in pub- 
lishing this Diary by the many statements in the 
public press which are contrary to fact. 

60 High Street, Oxford, 
October, igoj. 



I. The Death of Leo XIII. and arrangements for 

the Conclave . . . . . i 

11. The Funeral Procession and Burial of Leo XIII. . 12 

III. The Novendiali or nine days' Obsequies . -19 

IV. The Preparations for the Election of the new 

Pope . . . . . .28 

V. The Election of the new Pope . . • 4^ 

VI. The Papal Mass and the Coronation . . 54 


The Voting Papers used in the Scrutiny . -77 


Frontispiece The Silver Medal coined by the Car- 
dinal Camerlengo 
Plate To face p. 

I. The Lying in State in the Throne Room 

of the Vatican, July 22, 1903 . . 12 

II. The Lying in State in the Chapel of the 
Holy Sacrament at St. Peter's, July 23, 
24> 25, 1903 .... 14 




III. The Catafalque in the Sixtine Chapel on 

the occasion of the three solemn Re- 
quiems, July 28, 29, 30, 1903 

IV. The Sixtine Chapel as prepared for the 

Conclave, Aug. i, 1903 . 

V. The 'Sfumata' as seen from the Piazza, 
Aug. 2, 1903 . . . . 

VI. Proclamation by the Cardinal Deacon from 
the Loggia of St. Peter's overlooking the 
Piazza, Aug. 4, 1903 

VII. Pope Pius X. elected Aug. 4, 1903 . 

VIII. The Sixtine Chapel, shewing on the left 
the Throne occupied by Cardinal Sarto 
on his Election, Aug. 4, 1903 

IX. The ' Sedia Gestatoria ' used at the Core 
nation, Aug. 9, 1903 

X. The Sacred Pallium 

XI. The Tiara .... 

XII. Pope Pius X. in the act of blessing 

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Pope Leo XIIL died the death of the just on the 
afternoon of Monday, July 20th, at about 4 o'clock. 
His death was owing to an attack of pleuro-pneumonia, 
according to the medical certificate, and his illness lasted 
about 17 days. He governed the Church 25 years and 
5 months, and he died at the advanced age of 93 years, 
4 months and 18 days. 

At 9.30 on the morning of July 21st, the Camer- 
lengo Cardinal Oreglia di Santo Stefano, July 21. 
accompanied by the * Sotto Camerlengo ' Mgr. Pas- 
serini, the ' Uditore Generale ' Mgr. Pericoli, the Prefect 
of Ceremonies Mgr. Riggi, and the different officials 
of the Reverenda Camera Apostolica, entered the 
death chamber to make the customary recognition 
of the corpse. Mgr. Marzolini having removed the 



white veil which covered the face of the deceased 
Pontiff, the Cardinal Camerlengo and his attendants 
knelt in meditation. He then rose and recited the 
usual prayers and sprinkled the corpse with holy 
water ; Mgr. Nussi, Dean ot the College of Proto- 
notaries, read the official document called the ' Rogito.' 
The fisherman's ring, which is never worn by the 
Pope, but remains in the custody of Mgr. the Maestro 
di Camera, should on this occasion have been con- 
signed by him to the Cardinal Camerlengo, to be 
broken at the Congregation held shortly afterwards 
in the Hall of the Consistory. It was, however, 
stated that through some accident it was for the time 

It may also be here mentioned that no such cere- 
mony as striking the dead Pope's forehead with a 
silver hammer takes place, and that the exact method 
of calling aloud his name is not tied down to any 
determinate form, but is left to the discretion of the 
Cardinal Camerlengo ^. 

The ' Rogito ' having been duly signed in presence 
of witnesses by the Camerlengo in the Throne Room, 
seals were at once affixed to the back door of the 
death chamber by the Maggiordomo's secretary, 
Cavaliere Martinucci, and two Noble Guards were 

^ In an original MS. diary in my possession written by Domenico 
Cappelli of Ascoli, who was Master of Ceremonies to five Popes — Alex- 
ander VII., Clement IX., Clement X., Innocent XL, and Alexander 

VIII he states that the custom of calling aloud three times the words 

' Pater Sancte^ was discontinued on the death of Cieineut X. in 1676. 


placed on duty at the principal entrance. The body 
of the deceased Pontiflf was now washed by the Peni- 
tentiaries of St. Peter's. 

The same afternoon, at 5 o'clock, the embalming 
01 the corpse took place under the direction July 21. 
of Prof. Lapponi, assisted by Drs. Capparoni, Salucci, 
Battistini, Masciarelli, Amici, and Guido Lapponi. 

At 11.30 the same night the Pope's 'Prsecordia' 
were carried in a terracotta jar by two of the Noble 


Guard, accompanied by others ot the same corps, 
and by Mgr. Maestro di Camera and the Dean of the 
Scopatori Segreti, and others carrying lighted torches, 

and down the 
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through the different ante-chambers 


great staircase, to the Cortile of San Damaso. Here 
the jar was placed in one of the Palace carriages and 
taken by Mgr. Angeh', the late Pope's private secretary, 
and Mgr, Marzolini, his private chaplain, to the Church 
of SS. Vincenzo ed Anastasio a Trevi, where for the 
night it was deposited in a small Chapel in the 
Convent. On the following morning it was placed 
within the wall of the Church on the Epistle side 
of the Altar, under the jars containing the ' Praecordia' 
of Pius VIII., Leo XII., and Gregory XVI. The 
'Praecordia' of Pius IX. had in 1878 been placed in 
the Crypt of St. Peter's, but will eventually be re- 
moved to this Church, a space having been left for 
his name over that of Leo XIII. The 'Praecordia' 
preserved in this Church include those of all the 
Popes from Sixtus V., 1590, and were removed to 
this spot (it being the parish Church of the Palazzo 
Ouirinale) by Pope Benedict XIV. 

This morning, the ist Congregation, composed 
1st Con- of twenty Cardinals, was held after the 


July 21. ceremony of the recognition of the corpse 
at about 10.30 in the Hall of the Consistory, 
when the fisherman's ring, according to custom, 
should have been broken, but it had, as stated, been 
temporarily mislaid. At this Congregation my old 
and much respected friend, Monsignor Merry del Val, 
Archbishop of Nicea, was unanimously elected Pro- 
Secretary of the Sacred College in the place of 
Monsignor Volpini lately deceased. 


The 2nd Congregation took place on Wednesday, 
July 22nd, in the Hall of the Consistory, 2nd con- 
in tlie presence oi twenty-seven Cardinals, July 22. 
when important business was conducted, consisting of 
instructions as to the removal of the Pope's body 
from the Throne Room to St. Peter's, and the Prefect 
of Ceremonies, Mgr. Riggi, issued his printed instruc- 
tions as to the robes to be worn during the ' Sede 
Vacante ' by the Cardinals and Prelates. 

The 3rd Congregation was held on Thursday morn- 
ing, July 23rd, in the Hall of the Con- 3rd con- 

. , gregation, 

sistory, in the presence of twenty - nine Ju'y 23- 
Cardinals, when the names of their Eminences Car- 
dinal Casali del Drago, Macchi, and Delia Volpe 
were chosen to superintend the structural arrange- 
ments of the Conclave ; the boxes containing a large 
number of petitions and briefs were delivered up for 
safe keeping by Cardinal di Pietro, the ' Pro-Datario,' 
and Mgr, Marini, the ' Sostituto ' of the 'Segreteria' 
of Briefs ; and the Matrix of the leaden Bull was 
handed over to be destroyed by Mgr. Spezza, the 
Regent of the Cancelleria. 

There was chosen to act as Confessor during the 
Conclave the Papal Sacristan, Mgr. Pifferi, Bishop 
of Porfirio, but he afterwards resigned in favour of 
Father Palmieri, S.J. Drs. Lapponi and Pelagallo 
were chosen as Physicians, and Dr. Cagiati as Sur- 
geon, and Fra Diodato Camarani, of the Order called 


Fate bene Fratelli, was nominated Chemist. It was 
also arranged that the burial of the Pope should 
take place on the evening of Saturday, July 25th, 
in the niche near the Chapel of the Choir in the 
Vatican Basilica, and that the corpse of the Pope 
should remain there till the monument at St. John 
Lateran was completed ; and, moreover, that the 
Vatican Chapter should formally agree to consign 
the body of the deceased Pontiff to the Commission, 
whenever the demand to do so might be made. 

This morning I visited the Cardinal Camerlengo 
and the Maggiordomo to get instructions as to the 
duties during the Sede Vacante of myself and my 
five brother Chamberlains di numero. Owing to the 
fact that all the Supernumerary Chamberlains, both 
ecclesiastical and lay, cease to hold office immediately 
after the Pope's burial, I find we shall have much 
to do. 

The 4th Congregation was held in the Hall of the 
4th Con- Consistory on Friday, July 24th, in the 

gregation, •' _ J ^ J J t » 

July 24. presence of thirty-one Cardinals, when, after 
important business, it was announced by Mgr. Merry 
del Val, the Secretary, that the Pope had graciously 
bequeathed a considerable sum of money to the poor 
of Rome, Carpineto, and Perugia. I visited Mon- 
signor Merry this afternoon. His offices are in the 
Borgia apartments. 

The 5th Congregation was held in the Hall of 


the Consistory on Saturday morning, July 25th, in 

the presence of thirty-eight Cardinals, when, 5th con- 

after important business, they appointed July 25- 
Commendatore Puccinelli, Maestro di Casa, and 
one of the six Chamberlains of Honour di nmnero, 
as * Provvisioniere ' to the Conclave, and Cavalicre 
Sneider and Cavaliere Mannucci as Clerks of the 
Works for the Conclave ; also the Conte Capogrossi 
Guarna, one of the six Chamberlains of Honour di 
numero, and Dean of the Consistorial Advocates, was 
appointed * Commissario ' during the Conclave. 

At the conclusion of this Congregation were in- 
troduced by the Papal Masters of Ceremonies the 
entire body of the Ambassadors and Ministers accre- 
dited to the Holy See, accompanied by their respec- 
tive secretaries and attaches, all in full uniform. They 
included those of Portugal, France, Prussia, Russia, 
Spain, Austria, Monaco, Brazil, Columbia, the Republic 
of Dominica, Bolivia, and the ministers of Belgium, 
Bavaria, Argentina, Chili, Costa Rica, Haiti and Peru. 
A discourse, written in the French language, was 
read by the Portuguese Ambassador, as Dean of the 
Corps Diplomatique, expressing their united grief and 
sincere condolence at the irreparable loss to Christen- 
dom through the death of its Chief Pastor, Leo XHI., 
praising at the same time his wisdom and piety, and 
praying that Almighty God would assist the Sacred 
College in their choice of a worthy successor, qualified 
to maintain the good estate of the Catholic Church, 


and to guide her aright in the due maintenance of 
peace and tranquillity. The Cardinal Camerlengo 
replied in suitable words, thanking the Ambassadors 
for their kind and sympathetic address ; after which 
they were severally presented, and kissed the hands 
of their Enjinences. 

The reply of the Cardinal Camerlengo concluded 
with words to this effect : " Cest avec ces sentiments 
qiCa la veille du pvocJiain Cojiclave, le S acre- College 
prend conge dtt Corps Diplomatique,'' &c., &c. These 
words gave occasion to some comment in the Press, 
and were supposed to imply that any veto on the 
part of the Powers would not be tolerated. 

The 6th Congregation was held on the morning of 

6th Con- Sunday, July 26th, in the Hall of the Con- 

July 26th. sistory, when details regarding the Cere- 
monial to be observed during the Conclave were dis- 
cussed. The ceremonial enjoined by Pope Gregory 
XV. was agreed to and accepted, with certain modifica- 
tions, such as were adopted at the Conclave of 1878. 
Arrangements as to meals were also discussed, and it 
was settled that those Cardinals who wished to dine in 
their own apartments might do so, if they so wished. 
Cardinal Vaszary, Prince Primate of Hungary, on 
account of ill health, obtained leave to have his food 
brought from the Convent of St. Basilio, where he 
had been residing ; and it was prepared by his 
private chef, whom he had brought with him from 


Hungary. The Conclavists agreed to dine together 
with certain exceptions, and the Cardinals' servants 
did the same. There were present at this Congrega- 
tion as many as forty-five Cardinals. Cardinal Delia 
Volpe and others complained of certain scandals in 
connection with the burial of the Pope the previous 
evening ; and the Cardinal Camerlengo expressed his 
intention to inquire into the matter. 

The 7th Congregation was held on Monday, July 

27th, in the Hall of the Consistory, when 7th con- 

there were forty - nine Cardinals present. J"'y 27. 
It was principally concerned with the assignment of 
the cells. Cardinal Cavagnis, as last of the Cardinal 
Deacons, drew lots for the dififerent Cardinals. There 
were two ballot-boxes, in which were placed balls with 
the names of each Cardinal written on them, and other 
balls with numbers corresponding to the cells. It was 
agreed that Cardinals Mocenni, Rampolla, and the 
Camerlengo should be permitted to retain their apart- 
ments. The Cardinal Camerlengo announced that the 
late Secretary of State, Cardinal Rampolla, desired to 
read the late Pontiff's will, of which he. Cardinal 
Mocenni, and Cardinal Cretoni were the executors. 
The Avvocato Carlo Patriarca, the late Pope's private 
lawyer and counsellor in the administration of the 
property of the Holy See, was present. The Pope's 
nephews, Ludovico, Camillo, and Riccardo Pecci, as well 
as the two nieces, Anna and Maria, with their husbands 


Conte Moroni and the Marchese Canali di Rieti, were 
also invited ; but from feelings of delicacy were not 
present. The Avvocato Patriarca at once read the will, 
which did not amount to more than a few lines. It 
bore date July 8th, 1900, and was signed '' Gioacchino 
Pecci, Leone P.P. XIII." He left everything to the 
Holy See. His nephews had been already provided for 
at different times during his life, and he therefore had 
declared that none of his family were to have any 
further bequests. In a separate envelope he left 50,000 
lire to the poor of Rome, 20,000 lire to the poor of 
Perugia, and 10,000 lire to the poor of Carpineto, his 
birthplace. Monsignor Nussi, the Dean of the College 
of Protonotaries, then drew up a ' processo verbale,' 
which was duly signed by himself, the Avvocato 
Patriarca, Monsignor Merry del Val, Secretary to the 
Sacred College, and the executors. 

The 8th Congregation was held in the Hall of the 
8th Con- Consistory, after the first Requiem in the 


July 28. Sixtine Chapel, on Tuesday, July 28th, when 
fifty-three Cardinals were present. The plans and tele- 
graphic arrangements of the Conclave were distributed 
to each Cardinal. 

The 9th Congregation, consisting of fifty-eight Car- 
9th Con- dinals, was held in the Hall of the Consis- 


July 29. tory, after the second Requiem in the Six- 
tine Chapel, on Wednesday, July 29th, when a commis- 


sion was appointed to superintend the sanitary con- 
ditions of the Palace during the Conclave. It consisted 
of Cardinals Cavicchioni, Boschi, and Tripcpi. Another 
commission was also appointed for the approval of the 
names of the Cardinals Conclavists, consisting of Car- 
dinals Respighi and Cassetta. Prelates and members 
of the Papal Household were not eligible ; with the 
exception of a few of the candidates, the list was 

The loth Congregation was held in the Hall of the 

Consistory, after the third Requiem in the loth Con- 

Sixtine Chapel, on Thursday, July 30th, J">y 30th. 
when all the Cardinals, with the exception of six, were 
present. The Cardinal Camerlengo distributed to the 
Sacred College the silver medal of the ' Sede Vacante,' 
which he had had specially struck for the occasion, and 
proposed a protest against the continued usurpation and 
spoliation of the Church's patrimony, which was unani- 
mously agreed to. 


AT St. Peter's. 

On the morning of Wednesday, July 22nd, the body 
July 22. of the Pope, which had been embalmed at 
5 o'clock the previous evening, was placed on a bier 
covered with red velvet under the Canopy in the 
Throne Room, where it lay in state. During the day 
it was visited by those who had obtained special per- 
mission to do so, and they knelt and prayed for the 
repose of the Pope's Soul, and afterwards kissed the 
feet. The body was guarded by Chamberlains and 
the Noble Guard, who took their turn every half- 
hour; the Penitentiaries of St. Peter's meanwhile 
recited the usual prayers. The body was vested 
in a white Cassock, with Sash, Rochet, white Zuc- 
chetto, red Mozzetta and Camauro^, white stockings 
and red shoes embroidered with a cross ; the hands 
in white mittens were clasping a rosary and crucifix, 
and there was an amethyst ring on the finger. 
Later in the afternoon the body was vested pon- 
tifically, and at 7 o'clock it was placed on a 
bier by members of the Noble Guard, to be car- 

^ The Camauro is a cap of red satin, or velvet, trimmed with ermine. 
On Holy Saturday and throughout Easter week it is white, as are also 
the Mozzetta, the Stole, and the Shoes. 



ried to St. Peter's. The bier was supported by 12 
Sediari, and preceded by others carrying h'ghted 
torches. The procession passed through the different 
ante-chambers, the Sala Clementina, Scala Nobile, 
Loggie, Sala Ducale, and Sala Regia, and down the 
Scala Regia into St. Peter's. It was escorted all the 
way by the Noble and Swiss Guards and followed by 
the College of Cardinals, many Bishops and Prelates, 
the whole of the Corps Diplomatique, Knights of 
Malta, the Prince Colonna, assistant at the Papal 
Throne, and the Prince Chigi, Hereditary Marshal 
of the Conclave, together with the great officers of 
State and members of the Household. The bier on 
which the body was carried was covered with a rich 
Pall of crimson velvet and lama. 

The vestments in which the body of the Pope 
was now robed were of red lama, in the follow- 
ing order : — White Zucchetto, white Cassock, Sash, 
^iooJUt^ Falda^ red Buskins and Sandals, -Rochet, Amice, 
Alb, Girdle, with the Succintorio° attached to it. 
Pectoral Cross, Fanone ^, red Stole, Tunicle, Dalmatic, 

^ The Falda is a skirt of very tliin white silk with a train, and is 
worn round the waist over the Cassock. 

'^ The Succintorio is in shape like a Maniple, with a lamb em- 
broidered on it, and is fastened to the Pope's girdle and hangs on 
his left side. It formerly served to hold a purse for giving alms. 

^ The Fanone is a double tippet made of silk with coloured stripes 
of four colours, having a cross embroidered on the breast. It is worn 
over the alb and under the stole and tunicle. The upper tippet rests 
on the Pope's head while the vestments are being put on, after which 
it is adjusted over the Chasuble. 



Gloves, and Chasuble, Pallium with its three jewelled 
pins, placed over the outer tippet of the Fanone, gold 
Mitre, amethyst Ring, and red Maniple. In the hands 
were placed the same crucifix and rosary as before. 
There were numbers of devout people who had obtained 
special permission, kneeling on either side, and in the 
Sala Ducale, as the procession passed, and saying 
prayers for the repose of the Soul of His Holiness. 

At the entrance of the Basilica Monsignor Pericoli 
gave the first absolution. The body was then car- 
ried up the Basilica and placed for a few moments 
in front of the High Altar, when another absolution 
was given by Monsignor Ceppetelli, the Latin Patri- 
arch of Constantinople. It was then carried into 
the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, where the 
body was placed on a catafalque covered with a 
pall of red velvet and lama trimmed with gold lace, 
where it was exposed to public veneration till the 
evening of Saturday, July 25th, surrounded by 18 
large torches in standard candlesticks, and guarded 
by the Noble and Palatine Guard. On either side 
of this catafalque was attached a red velvet ' Cappel- 
lone ® ' in sign of the Pope's twofold jurisdiction. The 
feet of the Pope were not put through the iron gates 
of the Chapel to be kissed, owing to certain scandals 
which occurred in 1878 when the body of Pius IX. 
lay in state. Thousands each da}' visited the Basilica. 

^ Tlie Cappellone is a large red velvet hat. 




On Saturday evening at 7 o'clock, preceded by the 
Chapter of St. Peter's and the Seminary, juiy 25. 
and escorted by the Noble Guard and members of 
the Household, the body was carried from the Chapel 
of the Blessed Sacrament by the ' Mansionari ' of St. 
Peter's into the Chapel of the Choir, Tlie appearance 
of the dead Pope was considerably changed since 
the embalming, being somewhat ghastly. In the 
Choir Stalls was standing, according to seniority 
and precedence, the College of Cardinals, while the 
Corps Diplomatique was in the side gallery, and 
the nephews and nieces of the deceased Pontiff were 
in the Choir Gallery on the right. There were also 
reserved places in the Chapel for the Roman nobility 
and for the families of the Ambassadors. In front of 
the Chapel space was kept for the Bishops, Prelates, 
and members of the Household. 

There were three coffins, one within the other, 
placed on the Gospel side of the Altar ; that in 
which the corpse was to be placed being lined with 
red satin. The prescribed prayers and psalms having 
been sung, preparations were made for enclosing the 
corpse, and it was lifted from the bier and placed within 
the inner coffin. Monsignor CeppetelH then sprinkled 
it with holy water, and incensed it. The Maggior- 
domo, Mgr. Cagiano, covered the face, and the Maestro 
di Camera, Mgr. Bisleti, the hands of the Pope with 
a white silk veil edged with gold lace, and then, with 
the assistance of the Masters of Ceremonies, the whole 


body was wrapt with a covering of red silk edged 
also with gold lace. Monsignor Cagiano then placed 
at the feet of the corpse a bag of crimson velvet, 
containing three smaller bags, inside which were 25 
medals of gold, 25 of silver, and 25 of bronze, corre- 
sponding to the 25 years of the Pope's Pontificate. 
There was also placed within the innermost coffin 
a metal tube containing an illuminated MS. giving 
an account of the principal events of his Pontificate, 
written by Padre de Angelis, SJ., and illuminated 
by Signor Camilli. 

Signor Filiberto Pomponi, Notary and Chancellor 
of the Vatican Chapter, read a Funeral Oration as 
well as the ' Rogito,' relating to the transfer for the 
time being of the corpse to the care of the Canons 
of the Basilica. The Maggiordomo^ the Maestro di 
Camera and the four ' Camerieri Segreti Partecipanti,' 
Monsignor Marzolini, the Master of Ceremonies, Mon- 
signor Merry del Val, Secretary of the Sacred College, 
Prince Rospigliosi, Commander of the Noble Guard, 
and the Pope's nephew. Count Camillo Pecci, and 
a few others, then approached reverently and kissed 
the coffin. The outer wooden coffin measured in 
length 7 feet, at the head 2 ft. 9 in., and at the feet 
I ft. 10 in. On this coffin was the following inscrip- 
tion : — 






AN, XXV. M.V. 


The coffin was then bound with purple tape in the form 
of a cross ; on the four corners of which were placed 
the following seals : two of the Cardinal Camerlengo, 
two of Mgr. Maggiordomo, and in the centre that of 
Cardinal Rampolla, the Arch-priest of the Basilica, 
and that of the Vatican Chapter. On the inner 
leaden coffin were also placed in the same order the 
aforesaid seals. 

The coffin was then placed on a small bier and 
wheeled by members of the Confraternity of the 
Holy Sacrament and certain officials of the Floreria, 
from the Choir Chapel into the Basilica, to the 
spot on the left of the Chapel and in front of the 
niche into which it was to be raised and deposited. 
Owing to the Basilica being now lighted by electricity, 
and not by torches (as I remember was the case at 
the funeral of Pius IX.), the solemnity and impressive- 
ness of the function were greatly diminished, and it 
is hoped that on a future occasion this portion of the 
ceremony may take place in the crypt. 

The procession was composed of the Chapter, Mon- 
signor Ceppetelli, in a black Cope and white Mitre, 



the Cardinal Arch-priest Rampolla in a Cappa Magna, 
and the College of Cardinals vested in black Cassocks 
and purple Ferraiuoli. In front of the empty niche 
was placed what is called a ' Castello ' or high scaffold, 
to which were attached pulleys to raise the coffin. The 
Choir sang the " Benedictus " during the long interval, 
which lasted about 40 minutes. The whole ceremony 
lasted two hours and a half, and did not terminate 
till 9.30. The corpse of Leo XIII. will remain in this 
niche till the death of his successor, or until his tomb 
at St. John Lateran is completed. 


The nine days commenced on Thursday, July 23rd, 
at 10 a.m. A solemn Pontifical High Mass July 23. 
of Requiem was sung in the Choir Chapel at St. 
Peter's each morning. The three solemn Requiems, 
at which all the Sacred College and Corps Diplo- 
matique assisted, were sung in the Sixtine Chapel, 
on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 28th, 
29th, 30th. 

As the writer of this diary had to be on service 
at each of these Requiems, a carriage from July 28. 
the Vatican arrived each morning at 8.15 at his resi- 
dence to fetch him. His brother Chamberlains who 
were on duty with him were the Prince Antici Mattel, 
Baron Roth Schonberg (who was in attendance on 
the young Prince Sixtus de Bourbon), Baron del 
Marmol, Commendatore Folchi-Vici, Comm. Rossi 
de Gasperis, and Comm. Franchi de' Cavalieri. On 
passing through the Piazza we observed that the 
windows of the Vatican were being fitted with the 
' Gelosie,' or shutters used during a Conclave, and 
that the different ' Cortili,' as we passed through 
the Palace, were full of furniture of every description 
for the Cardinals' cells. We also observed the large 

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* Ruote,' or wheels, to be fitted in the walls for the 
delivery of correspondence, and general communica- 
tions. Formerly they were also used by the 

* Dapiferi ' who came daily with the Cardinals' meals 
and other provisions. 

On arrival at the Sixtine Chapel I was informed 
that only about 200 tickets had been issued for 
the Roman nobility, Corps Diplomatique, and other 
privileged persons. The Knights of Malta were also 
represented, and there were several deputations, among 
them one from Perugia, and another from the Irish 
party of our House of Commons, who sent as their 
representative Sir Thomas Esmonde. Prince Chigi, 
Perpetual Marshal of the Conclave, who was accom- 
panied by his son, the Prince of Campagnano, and 
escorted by the Swiss Guard, was also present. A 
front seat in the tribune on the left was reserved for the 
wife of Baron del Marmol, my fellow Chamberlain on 
service. The Roman nobles had places reserved for 
them between the screen and the seats of the Cardinals. 
The foreign Ambassadors and Ministers, all in full 
uniform, were placed immediately behind them on 
the left, while on the right hand on the other side 
were reserved places for the wives and families of the 
nobility. Immediately behind the Corps Diplomatique, 
and slightly raised, was a tribune for the Knights of 
Malta, and for the young Prince Sixtus de Bourbon, 
the tenth son of the Duke of Parma ; and immediately 
on the right and left as one entered the Chapel were 


high tribunes for those who were privileged to have 
tickets of admission. The Swiss Guard, to the number 
of thirty, shortly afterwards arrived, and for a few 
minutes were drawn up in the Chapel, when, having 
received their orders, they were marched back to 
the Sala Regia. 

Shortly before 10 o'clock, the Cardinals began to 
arrive two and two, in procession from the ' Sala 
dei Paramenti,' which is at the further end of the 
Sala Ducale. They were escorted by Noble and Swiss 
Guards, and each was attended by his train-bearer and 
private Chaplain. With the exception of those who 
belonged to religious orders (and who therefore used 
their own colour), they wore a ' Cappa Magna' of purple 
stuff over their Rochets, which, after the Requiem, they 
changed for a purple Mozzetta without Rochet, when 
they attended the Congregations held in the Hall of 
the Consistory. Cardinal Gotti, the Carmelite, and 
Prefect of the Propaganda, was the first to arrive, and 
he came alone, escorted by Noble and Swiss Guards. 
Cardinal Rampolla, with Cardinal di Pietro on his 
right, also came alone. Most of the Cardinals came, 
however, together in procession. Cardinal Serafino 
Vannutelli, who was to sing the Requiem, and the 
Cardinal Camerlengo, escorted by Noble and Swiss 
Guards, came also alone. He was walking with diffi- 
culty, and used a stick, which he gave to his Secretary 
before entering the Chapel. Last of all, and by him- 
self, came the very youthful and distinguished Cardinal 


de Skrbensky, Prince Archbishop of Prague. The Re- 
quiem was sung by Cardinal Serafino VannutelH (Grand 
Penitentiary), and at its conclusion the five absolu- 
tions were given by their Eminences Cardinal Agliardi 
(Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church), Cardinal 
Vincenzo Vannutelli, Cardinal Richard (the aged Arch- 
bishop of Paris), Cardinal Satolli, and the Cardinal 
Celebrant. The four Cardinals sat at the four corners 
of the Catafalque vested in black and gold copes and 
white mitres. The Papal Throne had of course been 
removed, and the temporary Altar placed in front of 
the High Altar was duly vested in black, and had 
thereon six silver candlesticks with the name of Leo 
Xn. engraved on them. The Celebrant's vestments 
were laid out on the Altar. The carpet of the Chapel, 
as well as the four seats at the corners of the Cata- 
falque, were of green cloth, and the benches for the use 
of the Sacred College were covered with most beauti- 
ful tapestry, on which were worked the arms of Pope 
Pius VII. Over the Altar was placed a tapestry repre- 
senting the raising of Lazarus. The Catafalque was 
covered with a red Pall and two red velvet cushions 
surmounted by the Tiara. It had four inscriptions 
in Latin on its base, composed by Monsignor Vincenzo 
Sardi. They are as follows : — 

































Four Noble Guards in scarlet stood with drawn 
swords throughout at the four corners. They were 
Conti Antamoro and Miccinelli, Marchese Barbi, and 
Marchese Stampa. The latter, owing to fatigue and the 
great heat, fainted, and had to be carried out. The 
Choir, under the direction of the Maestro Perosi, sang the 
Requiem and Kyrie of Anerio, the Tratto of Viadana, 
and a " Dies Irae," newly composed by Perosi; Offer- 
tory, Sanctus and Agnus Dei, of Anerio, The " Libera 
me Domine " was followed by another new composition 
by Perosi, which was especially beautiful, and had been 
composed in the short period of four days. The 
" Dies Irae " was much shorter than usual, and only 
took eleven minutes. 

I may here mention that on my arrival in the 
Sixtine I observed a gentleman sitting quite alone, 
and reading, evidently the first who had arrived. 



On getting into conversation with him I discovered 
that he was the well-known and distinguished Pro- 
fessor Steinmann, the President of the special com- 
mission lately appointed by Leo XIII. to consider the 
advisability of a thorough restoration and repair of this 
world-wide famous Chapel. He told me that they had 
found the frescoes on the ceiling considerably damaged, 
and that if it had not been for the death of the Pope, the 
scaffolding would have been already erected, for the 
necessary repairs, which he feared would probably take 
some years to complete. The late Pope had also 
approved of the plan for refilling all the windows with 
new glass, in exact reproduction of a fifteenth-century 
window represented in fresco on the end wall as you 
enter the Chapel. The present glass is not older than 
1826, and dates from the Pontificate of Leo XII. The 
Requiem was over about mid-day, and I was tired but 
greatly interested in all I had witnessed. 

Wednesday, July 29th, a carriage from the Vatican 
came for me at 8.15, as I had again to be juiy 29. 
on service for the second Requiem. On the way I 
called at the Palazzo Mattei, to pick up Prince Antici 
Mattel, who was also on service with me ; and we 
afterwards called for Pio Franchi de' Cavalieri, the other 
* Cameriere di mi7)iero! The Palace ' Cortili ' were 
still full of furniture of all kinds, and several more stair- 
cases and ' loggie ' had been walled up since yesterday. 
The Mass was sung by Cardinal Kopp, Prince Bishop 


of Breslau, and the Absolutions at the end were 
given by Cardinals Goossens (Archbishop of Malines), 
Gruscha (Prince Archbishop of Vienna), Cardinal di 
Pietro, Cardinal Perraud (Bishop of Autun), and 
the Cardinal Celebrant. 

The same ceremonial was observed as yesterday, 
and the Corps Diplomatique in full uniform, and the 
Knights of Malta and Roman Nobility were also 
present. The Pope's nieces and their children were 
also present, but had to sit behind the Nobles, who 
are always so jealous of their precedence. There was 
also a small deputation from Carpineto, the Pope's 
birthplace, consisting of the Syndic and Town Council. 
Two ladies came in low dresses, evidently strangers, and 
we had accordingly to refuse them admission. The 
beautiful marble pavement in the Loggia of Giovanni 
da Udine, through which we passed on our way to the 
Sixtine Chapel, was still dreadfully stained and spotted 
with the wax which had dropped from the torches on 
the occasion of the funeral procession on last Wednes- 
day night. The music of the Requiem to-day was that 
of Casciolini, with Perosi's " Dies Irae " and " Libera me 

Thursday, July 30th, the Vatican carriage arrived 

July 30. for me at 8.15, to take me to the third 

solemn Requiem in the Sixtine. The attendance 

was larger than at the other Requiems. There 

was a deputation from Perugia. The young Prince 


Sixtus of Parma was unable to come, owing to a slight 
attack of fever. The Mass was sung by Cardinal Vi- 
cenzo Vannutelli, the music being the same as at the 
first Requiem, with an offertory by Palestrina. The Ab- 
solutions were given by Cardinal Svampa (Archbishop 
of Bologna), Cardinal Manara (Bishop of Ancona), 
Cardinal Gotti (Prefect of Propaganda), Cardinal de 
Herrera (Archbishop of Compostella), and the Cardinal 
Celebrant. Between the Mass and the Absolutions 
was read by Monsignor Galli the Latin oration " Pro 
Pontifice defuncto." It only lasted 15 minutes. I 
observed that Cardinals Gotti and Pierotti, the two 
Friars, came in together, and that my friend the 
Master of Ceremonies, Monsignor Marzolini, was in 
close conversation with Cardinal Gctti, on returning 
from the Chapel. 


This morning, at lo o'clock, the solemn Mass of 

July 31. the Holy Ghost was sung by Cardinal 
Serafino Vannutelli, Sub-Dean of the Sacred College, 
and Bishop of Porto and Santa Rufina, in the 
Pauline Chapel, in the presence of fifty-seven Car- 

After the Mass Monsignor Sardi pronounced the 
oration "de Pontifice EHgendo." The Cardinals' train- 
bearers and chaplains left the Chapel after the discourse, 
and the Cardinal Camerlengo read the Apostolic Con- 
stitutions to be observed during the Conclave, after 
which Monsignor Riggi, the Prefect of Ceremonies, 
read the formula of the oath, which each Cardinal 
took, placing his hand at the same time on the Holy 
Gospel, kissing it and saying "SzV me Dens adjuvet, et 
haec Sancta Dei Evangeliay The Swiss and Palatine 
Guards were drawn up in the Sala Regia, where 
were also waiting for the termination of the ceremony 
most of the Cardinals' chaplains and train-bearers. 

Previous to the Mass and the taking of the oath, I 
made a tour of inspection through the Palace. I first 
paid a visit to the Dean of the Palafrenieri, Signer 
Silli, who told me all the servants and others had orders 
to leave the Palace early in the afternoon. I then saw 


the custodian of the Hall of the Consistory, where 
all the Congregations have been held, and he shewed 
me all the arrangements. 

The seats for the sixty-two Cardinals were arranged 
round the Hall according to their rank and prece- 
dence, the six Cardinal Bishops sitting facing the 
Secretary, Monsignor Merry del Val, whose table was 
in the centre. 

Each Cardinal had also a table, with writing material 
and a saucer containing four or five small white ballot- 
balls, to be used when questions of detail are brought 
before the Congregations, but not of course for the 
election of the Pope. The ballot-box was double, and 
had two covers to it, and on it were painted the letters 
5 and N, corresponding to the words Si and No. It 
was painted red, and on it were represented two shields 
with Cross Keys, over which a Hat with four tassels. 

I also saw the official silver medal coined by the 
Camerlengo, of which there were several on his table '\ 

I then visited the different cells of the Cardinals, 
which had been given them by lot. The partition 
system, or dividing the halls into a number of cells, has 
been entirely abandoned. The custom of decorating 

^ These medals should serve as tokens of admittance to the ' Ruote.' 
They were up to 1846 coined also by the Maggiordomo, the Governor 
of Rome, the Uditore Generale, and the Treasurer and Conservator!, but 
are now only struck by the Camerlengo and Marshal. Leo XIII., when 
he was Camerlengo in 1878, substituted for them a small piece of un- 
polished wood called a ' Bastoncello, ' three inches long, on which was 
pasted a label stamped with his Coat of Arms. 


them with the Cardinals' armorial bearings, or with 
green and purple hangings, is no longer observed. 
Each had a large card over the door, on which 
was printed its number as well as the name of its 
occupant. Cardinal Rampolla's suite of rooms which 
he occupied as Secretary of State was divided 
among six Cardinals, who, according to the regula- 
tions of the Conclave, are each allowed a chaplain 
and servant. The first room on entering had been 
allotted to Cardinal Delia Volpe, for so many years 
Maestro di Camera, and afterwards Maggiordomo to the 
late Pope. There was a screen which had been placed 
to separate his bed from those of his chaplain and ser- 
J. vant, whom, as far as I could see, were accommodated 

in the same^apartment. Next to Cardinal Delia Volpe 
was that of Cardinal Herrero y Espinosa, Archbishop 
of Valencia, and beyond his came that of Cardinal 
Sarto, the Patriarch of Venice. This room is that 
where the Secretary of State receives Sovereigns and 
Royalties, and where he entertains on special occasions 
at dinner the Corps Diplomatique. 

So much had been written in the Liberal Press 
with regard to the lavish expenditure connected 
with the Conclave, that it was really very edifying 
to see how simple and even common all the furniture 
was. The Patriarch's bedstead, like all the rest, 
was a small iron one of the commonest description, 
and when I examined the mattress, which I did out 
of mere curiosity, I found it was chiefly made of 
straw. Cardinal Rampolla's room came next, and 


between his and that of the Cardinal Patriarch was 
a small room fitted up as an oratory, on the altar 
of which had been placed a small basin of fresh 
flowers. Cardinals Agliardi and Portanova had cells 
also in the same suite of apartments. I then went 
to see my old friend Pio Centra's rooms. He had 
been for many years the late Pope's faithful valet. 
His rooms had been allotted to Cardinal Casali del 
Drago, and to Cardinal Laboure, Archbishop of 
Rennes. The private staircase leading from this 
apartment to that of the late Pope had, I observed, 
been very solidly walled up. I then went to the Hall 
of the Chiaroscuri, near to that of Constantine. The 
doors between them had been walled up. Six altars 
had been prepared for the convenience of those Car- 
dinals whose cells were in the vicinity. There were 
no altars placed in the Sala Ducale as was done in 
1878, but there were eight additional ones placed, four 
on either side, in the Pauline Chapel ; each altar 
being furnished with a crucifix and four candlesticks. 
I also inspected the arrangements in the Sixtine 
Chapel, where the Conclave was to be held. 

As Cardinal Moran, Archbishop of Sydney, could 
not arrive in time, and as Cardinal Celesia, Arch- 
bishop of Palermo, was prevented by ill health from 
attending, there were only sixty-two thrones erected in 
the Chapel. They were covered with violet cloth, and 
all had canopies, that of the Cardinal Camerlengo 
Oreglia being, however, of green cloth, as he happens to 
be the only Cardinal who was not created by Leo XHI. 


There were twenty-seven on each side, and four on 
either side facing the Altar. Each throne had its 
table covered with violet or green cloth, with a candle- 
stick and writing materials. The marble screen in the 
Chapel was hidden by the dossals of the thrones. 
There was a temporary altar (placed in front of the 
High Altar) with a red antependium and a large tap- 
estry as a dossal, representing the day of Pentecost. 
The stove for burning the voting papers was placed in 
the same spot as on the occasion of the last Conclave 
in 1878, in the left corner on entering the Chapel, and 
there was attached to it a long pipe for the ' Sfumata,' 
the top of which was clearly visible from the Piazza. 
There were other tables in the centre of the Chapel, for 
the use of the Cardinals' ' Scrutatores ' and ' Recog- 

I returned home at i o'clock with the Marchese Ser- 
lupi Crescenzi, the Papal Master of the Horse, but 
before leaving the Vatican was invited by Monsignor 
Cagiano, the Governor and Maggiordomo, and by Mon- 
signor Riggi, the Prefect of Ceremonies, to assist at the 
solemn entry of the Cardinals from the Pauline to the 
Sixtine Chapel, which was to take place that evening, 
July 31st, at 5 p.m., when the Marshal of the Conclave, 
Prince Chigi, and the different officials were to take the 
customary oaths. I reached the Vatican at 4 o'clock, 
in time to receive the Cardinals as they arrived in their 
carriages from their respective residences. They each 
of them had with them their private chaplain and man- 
servant, and brought with them their luggage of all 
















shapes and descriptions. I was able to kiss the hand 
of the venerable Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Richard, 
and to offer also my compliments to many others, 
among them to Cardinal Nocella, Cardinal Cavagnis, 
and Cardinal de Skrbensky, the youthful Archbishop of 
Prague, also to the two Pro-Nuncios of Austria and 
Portugal, Cardinals Taliani and Ajuti. The former had 
become so very stout since he was last in Rome that 
several of his friends at first failed to recognize him. I 
also knelt and kissed the hand of Cardinal Gotti the 
Carmelite, and offered him my ' buon' augurii.' An 
accident nearly occurred, which might have been serious. 
As Cardinal Gotti was on the point of alighting, one 
of his horses became restive, and kicked violently the 
carriage in which was seated another Cardinal, who on 
getting out appeared, very naturally, much alarmed. 

At 5 o'clock I made my way to the Sala Regia, 
and saw the Cardinals enter the Pauline Chapel for 
the ceremony I have already mentioned. They after- 
wards, attended by their chaplains and train-bearers, 
and preceded by the Sixtine Choir singing the " Veni 
Creator Spirittis" walked in procession to the Sixtine 
Chapel. They were vested in purple Cassock and 
Mozzetta ^ The Cardinal Camerlengo walked first, 

'1 The ' Croccia ' was not worn by the Cardinals either at this or at 
the last Conclave. It is in tlie form of a mantle, made of silk or stuff 
according to the season, and worn over the ' Mozzetta.' The colour 
is purple for those who are not regulars, and for those who are it should 
be of the colour of their Mozzetta. 


preceded by the Cross Bearer, who carried the 
Crucifix turned towards him in symbol of his juris- 
diction. The Noble and Palatine Guards were on duty. 

After the Cardinals had taken their seats in the 
Sixtine Chapel, and the oath had been taken by the 
Prelates, Monsignor Merry del Val, the Secretary of 
the Sacred College, accompanied the Conclavists to 
the Pauline Chapel, to take their respective oaths. 
Previous to this there had been a very interesting 
spectacle, viz., the arrival of the Hereditary Marshal 
of the Conclave, Prince Chigi. He was preceded to 
the Sixtine Chapel by a servant carrying a large 
sky-blue damask cushion, on which he was to kneel 
when taking his oath. 

Immediately in front of the Prince walked four 
servants dressed in scarlet liveries, and carrying lighted 
torches. On either side were the Ceremonieri, fol- 
lowed by the members of his Court, wearing special 
uniforms for the occasion, of black cloth with gold 
buttons, with the arms of the Gonfalone and crossed 
keys embroidered on their collars. Prince Chigi him- 
self, as Marshal of the Conclave, was dressed in the 
costume of a Roman Noble, in black silk with white lace 
lappets and sword. He was accompanied by a detach- 
ment of the Swiss Guard. After he had taken the 
oath, and had kissed the hand of the Cardinal Camer- 
lengo, he returned in the same order to his apartment, 
which is that lately occupied by Monsignor Bisleti, the 
late Pope's Maestro di Camera. Swiss Guards remained 


on duty, throughout the Conclave, at the entrance of 
his apartment, as they also did at that of Monsignor 
Cagiano, the Governor. 

At about 6 o'clock all the Cardinals left the Sixtine 
Chapel to retire to their respective cells ; and as 
each of them came out, a Noble Guard, specially 
appointed to attend him, presented arms, and with 
drawn sword walked by his side as an escort. There 
were altogether sixty-two, corresponding to the num- 
ber of Cardinals, and they were drawn up in line 
across the Sala Regia, as far as the entrance to the 
Sala Ducalc. As each Cardinal came from the Chapel 
according to his relative dignity and precedence, and as 
each Noble Guard knew by sight the Cardinal whom he 
had to escort, there was accordingly no confusion. I 
observed that the Cardinal Camerlengo had two Guards 
in attendance on him. The Cardinals who are con- 
sidered * Papabili,' and whose portraits are being sold in 
the streets, are as follows : Gotti, Agliardi, Rampolla, 
Serafino Vannutelli, Svampa, Sarto, Capecelatro and di 
Pietro. Those who had the good fortune of being 
placed in attendance on a Cardinal who was considered 
as * Papabile ' were naturally enough the objects of envy 
and congratulation, so I was interested in finding that 
several friends of mine had got such appointments. 
Alfonso Serlupi was in attendance on Cardinal Sera- 
fino Vannutelli ; Franchi de' Cavalieri was in waiting 
on Cardinal Gotti ; and Muccioli, who had been in the 
suite of Monsignor Sambucetti, the Pope's Envoy at 

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Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1897, was in attendance 
on Cardinal Sarto. 

At about 7 o'clock I accompanied my friend Don 
Reginald© de Raymond, one of the Canons of St. 
Peter's, to make the usual complimentary visit to 
some of the Cardinals. We first of all called to 
pay our respects on Cardinal Logue, the Arch- 
bishop of Armagh. We found he had drawn by lot 
No. 62, the room lately inhabited by poor Monsignor 
Volpini, who died there only a fortnight before, and 
who had been chosen a few days before his death as 
the Secretary to the Consistory, the post now occu- 
pied by Monsignor Merry del Val. It had been con- 
sidered advisable to conceal his sudden death from the 
Pope, owing to the dangerous condition of the latter. 
These rooms were at the very top of the Palace, and 
I had to ascend some two hundred and eighty steps 
before getting there. The good Cardinal told us that 
when he arrived at the Vatican that afternoon he found 
that no preparations had been made, and that his 
chaplain's and servant's rooms were literally without 
any furniture. He had been late on arriving, and the 
Cardinals had already entered the Sixtine Chapel 
some time before he arrived there. He told us also 
that he knew very few of the Cardinals, even by sight, 
and was probably the first Irish Cardinal who had 
attended a Conclave. 

We visited Cardinal Cassetta, to whom had been 
allotted the rooms of my friend Silli. Cardinal Cassetta 


is a great favourite among the poor of Rome, as being 
a man of considerable private fortune he has done 
much for them in the way of benevolence and charity. 
He had formerly held the office of High Almoner to 
Leo Xni., and afterwards that of Vice-gerent to the 
Cardinal Vicar. He asked me who was likely to suc- 
ceed Cardinal Vaughan as Archbishop of Westminster, 
and seemed also very much interested in what I told 
him of the Education question in England, and of 
Oxford in particular. 

It was now nearly 8 p.m., and the bells, as well as 
the cry of ^^ Extra omnes" from the Masters of Cere- 
monies, told us that the most important ceremony of 
the closing the Conclave, or in other words the en- 
closing the Cardinals and Conclavists within the walls 
of the Vatican, was at hand. It amounted to little 
short of imprisonment, for the wooden shutters are 
intended to prevent them seeing out of their windows, 
and the locked gates, as well as the walled up stair- 
cases and Loggie, prevent their leaving its very 
precincts. It was also the eve or vigil of the Feast 
of St. Peter's Chains, and many of them in jest 
spoke of the coincidence. 

But by far the most impressive scene was yet to 
come, at least that which I must confess appealed 
very vividly to my own imagination, and which 
seemed to recall a ceremonial of the middle ages ; 
for one might almost imagine oneself in a Mediaeval 
castle in a state of siege. As soon as it was dark, 


a procession started from the apartment of the 
Marshal of the Conclave. It consisted of Prince 
Chigi, accompanied by his Court, and the Governor 
of the Conclave, Monsignor Cagiano de Azevedo. 
They were preceded by footmen in scarlet liveries 
carrying large flaming torches, and escorted by the 
Swiss Guard in their picturesque uniforms, with their 
white plumes waving in the still breeze of a moon- 
h'ght night. The procession also consisted of the 
' Commissario ' of the Conclave, who happened to be 
my brother Chamberlain di niimero, the aged Conte 
Baldassarre Capogrossi Guarna, myself, the architect 
Cavaliere Sneider, the engineer Cavaliere Mannucci, and 
Cavaliere Martinucci, the Secretary of the Maggiordomo, 
Prince Massimo, and a few others. It was the tour 
of inspection previous to the closing and locking the 
different gates of the Palace. 

We first ascended the staircase called that of the 
Maresciallo, leading from the Cortile del Maresciallo 
to the Sala Regia, where we were met by three 
Cardinals vested in purple cassock and mozzetta, 
and wearing the red biretta.^ They were the three 
* Capi d'ordine,' as they are called, Cardinal Serafino 
Vannutelli, representing the Camerlengo, who is 
first Cardinal Bishop ; Cardinal Netto, Patriarch of 
Lisbon, first Cardinal Priest ; and Cardinal Macchi, 
first Cardinal Deacon. They were also escorted by 
Swiss Guards, and by four of the ' Palafrenieri,' dressed 
in costume of red damask, and each of them carrying 


a lighted torcli. After a few words of greeting between 
the Cardinals and Prince Chigi, we all of us descended 
the staircase in the same order, turned to the left, and 
entered the Cortile of the Pappagalli, passing into the 
Cortile of San Damaso. Here were two gates (the 
inner one containing two 'Ruote'), about twenty feet 
apart, connecting by an archway these two courtyards. 
The procession then entered the Cortile of San Damaso, 
and slowly wended its way to the two ' Ruote ' on 
the other side of the Cortile, which were duly opened 
by the Architects, turned round, examined, and found 
to be in order. 

The Cardinals and Marshal then went and ex- 
amined the wall which had been built across the 
staircase leading to the Governor's apartments ; then 
back across tlie courtyard to examine a wall built 
across a staircase on the other side, leading to the 
Museums and Library. Then back again to the 
glass door of the staircase of the Floreria, behind 
which had also been constructed a wall to prevent 
access to the offices of the Secretary of State's de- 
partment. The procession then returned to the gate 
of the Cortile of the ' Pappagalli, and the Cardinals 
duly commissioned the Governor of the Conclave to 
guard it and the ' Ruote,' and consigned to him the 
keys. The Cardinals thereupon entered, and duly 
locked the inner gate. 

We then all retraced our steps, and once again 
ascended the staircase of the Maresciallo, where, 


standing outside the gate leading to the Sala Regia, 
we awaited for fully half an hour the arrival of 
the three Cardinals, who had in the meanwhile 
been making a visit of inspection of the different 
* loggie ' and staircases within the Palace. On their 
arrival these two gates were duly locked, the 
inner one by the Cardinals, and the outer one by 
the Marshal, and we all returned once again to the 
gates of the Pappagalli, which Monsignor Cagiano, 
the Governor, unlocked, and entered to inspect the 
' Ruote ' and the inner gate, which had been locked 
nearly an hour previously by the Cardinals. Every- 
thing being in order, the outer gate was once again 
locked by the Governor, and the keys being all tied 
together with a cord of green and gold silk, were 
placed in a crimson velvet bag, which the Marshal 
takes charge of till the end of the Conclave. 

The procession then returned to the apartment of 
the Marshal, it being now nearly 9.30, and the acts 
were duly signed and sealed in the presence of Mon- 
signor Nussi, the Dean of the College of Protonotaries. 
Eight of the Swiss Guard remained on duty outside 
the apartment. I had been in the Palace ever since 
4 o'clock. 


This morning commenced the solemn exposition 
of the Holy Sacrament in the different August i. 
Churches, for prayer that the Cardinals might wisely 
make choice of a fit person to rule God's Holy 
Church. In the Sixtine Chapel also was said a Votive 
Mass of the Holy Ghost by the Cardinal Camerlengo, 
and a general Communion of the Cardinals followed, 
a Master of Ceremonies handing to each Cardinal a 
stole as he communicated. The first 'Sfumata' took 
place about 11.15 and lasted five or six minutes, and 
that in the afternoon occurred at about 6 o'clock. No 
election took place. I went to the Palace at 5 p.m. to 
see some of the Prelates in service at the 'Ruote.' The 
two ' Ruote ' in the Cortile of San Damaso, close by 
the Marshal's apartments at the top of the staircase 
leading from the Porta di Bronzo, are served by the 
'Chierici della Camera,' and by Apostolic Protonotaries. 
The ' Ruote ' in the Cortile of the Pappagalli are 
served by the ' Votanti ' and 'Referendari di Seg- 
natura,' and by the ' Abbreviatori del Parco Maggiore,' 
who are officials connected with the Chancery. The 
' Ruote ' of the first Loggia are called those of the 



Secretary of the Sacred College, being near to his 
offices ; and are served by Bishops assistant at the 
Throne, and by Auditors of the Rota. 

Besides these different Colleges of Prelates, the 
Captains who are attached to the Court of the 
Marshal of the Conclave also assist. 

As I was standing in the Piazza of St. Peter's this 
afternoon I was somewhat scandalized to see two 
figures looking over the wooden shutters of two of 
the windows immediately over the apartments of the 
late Secretary of State. There was no doubt in my 
mind that these were the rooms lately inhabited by 
poor Monsignor Volpini, and now assigned (No. 62) 
to His Eminence Cardinal Logue, the Archbishop of 
Armagh. It was my duty to report the same to 
Monsignor Cagiano, the Governor of the Conclave, 
whom I immediately visited, and I told him what 
was occurring. He asked me if I knew of any other 
cases. I gave him the names of the following wit- 
nesses who were with me at the time. They were 
Dr. Fortini, Don Felice Valerga, Minor Canon of 
St. Peter's, Don Nazareno Patrizi, Canon of SS. 
Celso and Giuliano, Canon Danesi, of St. Maria in 
Cosmedin, and Dr. Prior, the Vice-Rector of the 
Collegio-Beda. Monsignor the Governor thanked me 
for the information, and at once ordered an investiga- 
tion. It turned out that during the absence of the 
Cardinal and his Chaplain the servants of some other 
Cardinals had visited the room and had stood on 





chairs to see the crowd in the Piazza. I was told 
the same thing had occurred in the room occupied by 
Cardinal Puzyna, Bishop of Cracow. 

I saw the 'Sfumata' at 11. 15 a.m. I also observed 
that a white curtain had been placed behind August 2 
the shutters of Cardinal Logue's window. "" ^^* 
In the evening the ' Sfumata ' occurred at 6.40. The 
Piazza, owing to its being a Festa, was densely packed 
with spectators, more than I can remember to have 
seen since the " Urbi et Orbi " Benedictions previous 
to 1870. The crowd extended all the way from the 
Piazza Rusticucci to the very doors of the Basilica, 
and must have amounted to over 20,000 people. In 
the evening papers, such as the " Giornah d'ltalial^ 
allusion was made to the scandal which I had to 
report on Saturday evening, and it also mentioned 
(what I have reason to believe is not true) that the 
same scandal occurred also to-day: " Anche oggi, dalle 
piccole finestre sotto il cornicione, e precisamente dell' 
appartamento che abitava il defunto Monsignor Volpini 
si sono visti affacciare delle persone." I myself saw no 
such thing, and the second window had the glass 
drawn down behind the shutters, evidently the result 
of the complaint which had been made. During this 
morning the Austrian Ambassador and the Minister 
Plenipotentiary of the French Embassy, came to 
the ' Ruote ' to deliver their despatches to the 
Sacred College, which were duly consigned to the 


Cardinal Camerlengo by Mgr. Merry del Val, the 

On Monday, August 3rd, I saw the ' Sfumata ' at 
Augusta. 11.20 a.m. There was much dark smoke, 
which shewed that damp straw had been mixed 
with the burnt voting papers, a sign that no elec- 
tion had taken place. The evening * Sfumata ' took 
place at 6.25, and no election was declared. I 
was told that Cardinal Herrero y Espinosa, Arch- 
bishop of Valencia, was so ill that he had received 
the Viaticum, and that Cardinal Lecot, Archbishop of 
Bordeaux, and Cardinal Langenieux of Rheims, were 
also ill, and unable to attend the Scrutiny. Cardinal 
Herrero obtained leave from the Camerlengo to 
allow his Vicar General, P. Moren, who is staying 
at the Spanish College in Palazzo Altemps, to visit 
him for religious consolation. The Marshal, Prince 
Chigi, accordingly opened the gate on the outside, 
while Monsignor Merry del Val, assisted by the 
Ceremoneri, Monsignori Riggi and Marzolini (on be- 
half of the Cardinal Camerlengo), opened the gate 
from the interior. The * Rogito ' or Act was then 
signed and sealed by Monsignor Nussi, Dean of the 

August 4th. Tuesday. I reached the Piazza about 

August 4. 10.45 ^•^' There was a large crowd. At 

11.40 there had been so little 'Sfumata' that it had 


To face p. 45. 

m % 

Photo., Lncchcsi, Roma. 

Proclamation by the Cardinal Deacon from the Loggia of 
S. Peter's overlooking the Piazza, August 4, 1903. 


passed almost unobserved. Shortly before mid-day, 
however, the glass windows of the balcony in front 
of St. Peter's, behind which is the great Hall of the 
Beatifications, were opened, and a large ' Portiera,' 
with the arms of Pius IX. embroidered on it, was hung 
therefrom. In a very few minutes we saw the proces- 
sional cross, and the first Cardinal Deacon, Macchi, 
appeared, attended by a number of officials. He was 
vested in purple and wore a red Biretta. There was 
very great excitement in the Piazza, many shout- 
ing and waving their handkerchiefs. The crowd at 
once rushed towards the Basilica, and the Italian 
troops, who were within the porticoes, at once drew 
up in front of the Church, and presented arms to 
the Cardinal, who forthwith intoned, in a strong and 
clear voice, the proclamation^: "Annvncio VOBIS 

^ Owing to the impatience and the general enthusiasm of the crowd, 
the Cardinal used the above shortened formula. The complete text is 
as follows: — " annvncio vobis gavdivm magnvm, papam habemvs 

On the last occasion, in 1878, Cardinal Caterini, whose duty it was 
to proclaim Leo XIII., being an old man of eighty-three years, entirely 
broke down, having said " Annuncio Vobis," and the proclamation was 
made by a young Conclavist v^rho was standing near, Don Bartolomeo 
Grassi Landi, now a Minor Canon of St. Peter's, who called aloud to 
the people, " II Cardinale Pecci col nomc di Leone XIII." 


The crowd shouted loudly "Evviva!" and the Car- 
dinal was obliged to pause ere he could continue the 
formula, and declare the regnant name of the new Pope. 
Some, however^ of the bystanders seem to have heard 
this as * Pium Decimum/ but the nominative is the 
ordinary form in use. Grammatically, nominative, geni- 
tive, dative, or accusative are all possible. Singularly 
enough I found myself standing next the Cardinal's 
own brother, Conte Vincenzo Macchi, who seemed very 
much overcome when he heard His Eminence's voice — 
so much so that tears came to his eyes. I charged him 
to kiss his brother's hand for me, and to offer him my 
respectful congratulations on the honour which had 
fallen to his lot in proclaiming the new Pope. He 
had certainly performed his duty most successfully. 

I then entered the Basilica with the crowd, and we 
saw immediately that the window of the balcony inside 
the Church had been thrown open, and that prepara- 
tions were being made for the new Pope, who very 
shortly afterwards appeared, vested in white Cassock, 
red Mozzetta and Stole, and white Zucchetto, and 
accompanied by several Cardinals and conclavists. In 
the midst of the wildest enthusiasm, the people loudly 
shouted " Viva Papa Pio X.," " Viva Papa Sarto," and 
some Americans who were near me, unfolded some 
American flags and waved them. His Holiness now 
in the midst of breathless silence gave the Apostolic 
Blessing. Many shed tears of emotion, among them 
the Spanish Ambassador to the Quirinal, who was 


standing near me in the company of my friend the 
Conde de Villalonga, a Spanish Senator. Amid the 
waving of handkerchiefs and the shouts of the people, 
the Pope then withdrew. He shewed much tact in so 
soon giving the Blessing, as by so doing, the danger of 
the crush from the crowd coming in and going out, 
owing to the uncertainty as to whether the Benediction 
would be given from within or without (as was the case 
at the last Conclave in 1878), was avoided. 

I made my way to the Palace, where 1 met a number 
of my old friends, among them the late Maestro di 
Camera, Mgr. Bisleti, and the four Ecclesiastical 
Camericri Partecipanti, all desirous of knowing wdiether 
the Pope intended to confirm them in their office. The 
Maggiordomo, Mgr. Cagiano (who had been all through 
the Conclave acting as Governor), on the other hand, 
holds a permanent office like myself. He told me that 
I should receive my ' intimo ' to be on service at once 
on Pius X. The Marshal, Prince Chigi, together with 
the Governor, about 6 o'clock arrived to open the differ- 
ent gates and to break the enclosure, using much the 
same ceremonial and formality as they did when closing 
the Conclave, except that on this occasion the secretary, 
Mgr. Merry del Val, assisted by the two Ceremonieri, 
Mgr. Riggi and Mgr. Marzolini, opened the gates from 
the inside. Prince Chigi had as witnesses Prince Lan- 
cellotti, Conte Servanzi Collio, who also performed the 
same office at the last Conclave in 1878, and Don 
Ludovico Chigi, Prince of Campagnano. 


Little is as yet known, owing to the secrecy observed 
by the Sacred College, as to the numbers of votes which 
the Cardinals received, but it is generally reported that 
Cardinal Rampolla had the largest number of votes, 
amounting to between twenty and thirty, and that the 
Prefect of Propaganda, Cardinal Gotti, had about ten 
less than the late Secretary of State, but that Austria 
had vetoed Cardinal Rampolla's election. It has 
been suggested, I know not with what truth, that 
pressure was brought to bear on Austria by one 
or both of the other states united with her in the 
triple alliance, owing to Cardinal Rampolla's very 
pronounced opposition to it. 

Cardinal Puzyna, Bishop of Cracow, had the un- 
pleasant task of stating his Government's intentions 
to the Cardinals ; and Cardinal Rampolla, although 
protesting, together with the whole Sacred College, 
against this unwarrantable interference, seeing grave 
consequences did Austria carry out the threats inti- 
mated in the Veto, at once expressed his disinclina- 
tion to resist it, and prayed those who intended to vote 
for him, or who had already done so, to transfer their 
votes to some other candidate. I may here state 
briefly what took place after the election of Cardinal 
Sarto. The Cardinal Camerlengo, on finding that 
Cardinal Sarto had more than two-thirds of the votes, 
asked Cardinal Cavagnis, the Junior Deacon, to 
summon Mgr. Merry del Val, Mgr. Sagrista, the 
Pope's Conclavists, and Mgr. Riggi, the Prefect of 


To face f. 49. 

Pope Pius X. 
Elected August 4, 1903. 

Photo-, Ft'lki, Roma. 


Ceremonies, who, with some other Masters of Cere- 
monies, at once entered the Chapel and stood ready 
to lower the Baldacchini, or Canopies, of all the 
Cardinals, with the exception of that of the newly 
elected Pope. 

His throne was the 21st, counting from the Altar, on 
the left-hand side. The three ' Capi d'ordine ' Cardi- 
nals at once approached Cardinal Sarto, and the Camer- 
lengo addressed him in these words : " Acceptasne 
clectionem de te canonice factam in Summum Ponti- 
ficem ? " Having replied in the affirmative, all the 
canopies except that of the Pope were at once lowered. 
The Camerlengo now asked him "Quomodo vis vocari?" 
and the Pope replied, '' Pius Decimus," in memory of 
Pius IX. of holy memory. Then Mgr. Riggi at once 
prepared the official ' Rogito,' which was signed by 
Mgr. Secretary to the Sacred College, and by Mgr. 
Marzolini and Mgr. Ciocci, both Masters of Cere- 
monies. The three Cardinals ' Capi d'ordine ' then 
retired, and Mgr. Riggi summoned two of the Car- 
dinal Deacons (Macchi and Steinhuber) to conduct 
the Pope to the Sacristy, where were prepared three 
sets of papal vestments of different sizes, consisting 
of a white cassock, sash, rochet, red satin mozzetta, 
red stole, red shoes embroidered with a cross, white 
stockings, and a white collar and zucchetto. Thus 
vested he returned to the Chapel, accompanied by 
the two Cardinal Deacons, giving his blessing to all 
as he entered. He then (sitting on a chair which 



had been put on the Predella of the Altar) received 
all the Cardinals, who came according to their rank 
and precedence, and kissed his hand and received 
a double embrace. The Cardinal Camerlengo then 
placed the ring on his finger, which was at once re- 
moved, and given to the Prefect of Ceremonies to have 
the figure of St. Peter in the Bark engraved on it, 
from which it gets the name of the Fisherman's Ring. 
Having given his blessing from the Loggia, the Pope 
retired to his apartment, but returned about 5 o'clock 
to receive what is called the second adoration. He was 
now vested in red Stole and Manto (a long trained 
cope) and gold mitre, and instead of sitting on the 
Altar as was once the custom, sat on a chair placed 
on the predella, and received the homage of each Car- 
dinal, who kissed his foot and his hand, and received 
a double embrace. Afterwards the Marshal of the 
Conclave, accompanied by his Court, and by Mgr. 
the Governor and other officials, kissed the Pope's 
foot and made their allegiance. He gave his bless- 
ing to all assembled, and, escorted again by the 
Noble and Swiss Guard, returned to his apartment. 
The Conclave having been opened, the Cardinals all 
returned to their residences. 

August 5th. Wednesday. I arrived at the Vatican 

August 5. soon after 10 a.m., and found the Sacred 

College already assembled in the Sixtine Chapel. 

They had on the scarlet ' Cappa,' with the excep- 




























tion of Cardinals Gotti, Vivez, Martinelli and Pi'crotti, 
who wore a * Cappa ' of the colour of their re- 
ligious Order. The Baldacchini or Canopies were 
all lowered, with the exception of No. 21 on the left 
side from the Altar, which was that of the newly- 
elected Pope. Outside the enclosure were a number 
of Archbishops, Bishops and Prelates and Con- 
clavists. At 10.30 the procession entered; the Holy 
Father was on foot, and was accompanied by the Mag- 
giordomo. Maestro di Camera, four Camerieri Parteci- 
panti, and other officials, who had in the meanwhile 
been confirmed in their respective offices. He was 
escorted by the Noble Guard, and was vested in white 
Cassock, Rochet and red satin Mozzetta, &c., and at 
once retired to the Sacristy, from which he shortly 
returned, vested in red Stole, Manto, and gold Mitre. 
After praying for some time at the Faldstool, he as- 
cended the predella of the Altar, on which had been 
placed a chair of crimson velvet, on which he sat, and 
each Cardinal, commencing with the Cardinal Dean, all 
according to seniority, came to him, knelt and kissed 
his foot, his hand, and received a double embrace. 

This is called the third adoration, and should have 
taken place in St. Peter's, the Pope sitting on the 
High Altar ^ During this ceremony, which lasted a 
considerable time, owing to the large number of Car- 

b Benedict XIII. (Oisini) in 1724 slightly changed the order of cere- 
monial, and sat on a cushion on the Gospel side of the Altar, instead 
of in the centre. 

E 2 



dinals, the " Te Deum " was solemnly sung. At its con- 
clusion the Cardinal Dean intoned some prayers at the 
Altar, and the Pope gave his solemn blessing, and re- 
turned on foot to his apartments. The Sacred College 
afterwards left the Chapel, and took off their * Cappe ' 
in the Hall of the Paramenti, and returned at once to 
their respective residences. It was rumoured that the 
Pope, owing to the extreme heat, had decided to post- 
pone his Coronation till the 8th December, but on its 
being pointed out to him that there were certain techni- 
cal difficulties in the way, such as the signing of Bulls 
and holding Consistories, which should take place 
after the Coronation, His Holiness at once decided to 
have the Coronation ceremony on the following 
Sunday, August 9th. 

August 6th, Thursday. The Pope this morning 
August 6. received the Corps Diplomatique, who 
offered their congratulations and kissed his foot. 
The Address was read by their Dean, who is Ambas- 
sador of Portugal. The Pope replied in suitable 
terms, and afterwards gave audience to several Car- 
dinals ; among them were the Archbishops of Turin 
and Ferrara, also the Pro-Nuncio at Vienna, Cardinal 
Taliani, and the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, and 
others. In the afternoon His Holiness went for a 
drive in the Vatican Gardens. Zanardelli's Circular 
to the Prefects of the different provinces not to allow 
any officials to take part in services of thanks- 


giving for the election of the Pope has given general 
surprise, and has been severely criticised, even in the 
Liberal Press. I was talking this afternoon to one of 
the Secretaries of the Italian Foreign Office on the 
subject, who warmly expressed his indignation at 
Zanardelli's inconsistent excuse in assigning as the 
reason for his impolitic action the fact that the 
Vatican had not sent him any official notice of the 
Pope's election. As my friend remarked, no official 
notice had been sent by the Vatican on the occasion 
of the death of Leo XIII., and yet orders had been 
issued by Zanardelli that the Government officials 
were to attend the Requiems, 

August 7th. Friday. This morning the Holy Father 
received in separate and private audience August 7. 
the following Cardinals : — Kopp, Prince Bishop of 
Breslau, Fischer, Archbishop of Cologne, de Skrben- 
sky, Prince Archbishop of Prague, Gruscha, Prince 
Archbishop of Vienna, Puzyna, Bishop of Cracow, 
also Cardinal Svampa, Archbishop of Bologna, and 
Cardinal Manara, Bishop of Ancona. He has ap- 
pointed Monsignor Sardi Secretary of Briefs to 
Princes, and Monsignor Galli Secretary of Latin 
Letters, and Monsignor Bressan, who was his Con- 
clavist, his private Chaplain. 





August 9th. Sunday. I received yesterday after- 
August g. noon an order from the Maestro di Camera 
appointing me to be one of the two Chamberlains ot 
Honour in waiting on the Pope, on the occasion of 
his Coronation, 

The Vatican carriage arrived for me at 7 o'clock 
this morning, as my duties in the Ante-chamber were 
to commence at 8. The two ecclesiastical Chamberlains 
who also accompanied me were Mgr. PiccoH Noel, 
Canon of St. Maria in Trastevere, and Mgr. Grazioli, 
and my fellow Chamberlain was Signor Adriano Aloisi 
Masella, nephew of the deceased Cardinal Pro-Datario. 
We arrived at the Vatican shortly after 8 o'clock. 
The large suite of apartments for so long occupied 
by the Cardinal Secretary of State is now the apart- 
ment in which Pius X. has taken up his residence, 
until the rooms lately occupied by the deceased 
Pontiff have been unsealed, and made ready for him. 

The ante-chambers allotted to the different officials 
are in the same order and arrangement as were those 
occupied by Leo XIIT. All the great officers of State 
were present. The Throne Room of honour in which 
I do duty had its Throne duly erected, and appeared 
to be immediately over the bedroom of Leo XIII. 
The Holy Father shortly before 8.30 came out of his 


private apartment, and 1 at once hastened forward to 
meet him, and having knelt and kissed his hand, 
asked him for his blessing for myself and our con- 
gregation at St. Aloysius', Oxford, w^hich he graciously 
granted. I told him that I felt sure it would in- 
terest His Holiness to know that to-day, the 9th of 
August, his own Coronation day, was also that of 
my own King, Edward VH., and that on this very 
day a year ago, in the Abbey of Westminster, I had 
the honour of being on duty, and in the service of 
my own Sovereign, as Gold Staff Officer. This seemed 
to greatly interest him, and I can boast that probably 
I am the only man in the world who has had this 
unique honour of serving both his temporal and his 
spiritual Sovereigns on the occasion of their Corona- 
tions, on the very same day two years in succession. 
We accompanied the Pope to St. Peter's through 
the different ante-chambers, down the great staircase 
and Loggie to the Sala dei Paramenti, where the 
Cardinals were awaiting him, vested in their scarlet 
* Cappe.' The Pope walked the whole way to St. 
Peter's wearing his red satin Mozzetta and Stole, and 
was escorted by the Household and by the Noble and 
Swiss Guards. He was preceded by the different 
officials and Prelates, and by about 50 Archbishops 
and Bishops, and as many Cardinals, all of whom 
had their Chaplains and train-bearers. The procession 
passed through the Sala Ducale, the Sala Regia, and 
down the great Scala Regia. At the bottom of this 
staircase there was prepared a small room immediately 


under Bernini's great statue of the Emperor Con- 
stantine, and in this room the Pope was vested with 
a white Manto and Stole, and precious Mitre, and took 
his seat on the Sedia Gestatoria % the very same which 
Leo XIII. used for the first and only time, on the 
occasion of his Jubilee on the 3rd of last March, and 
which was presented to him as an offering by myself 
and his other lay Chamberlains. He then, escorted 
by Noble and vSwiss Guards, was carried into the 
Portico of the Basilica with flabelli carried on either 
side by Chamberlains. 

Here a Throne had been erected for him, next the 
Porta Santa, and round about were placed seats for 
the Sacred College. On taking his seat on the Throne 
the Arch-priest of the Basilica, Cardinal Rampolla, 
approached His Holiness and read an address of 
welcome on the part of himself and the Chapter. 
The Pope replied in suitable terms, and the Cardinal 
having kissed the Pope's foot and hand, and received 
an embrace, the Chapter one by one knelt and kissed 
the Pope's foot. He then allowed the Seminarists 
of St. Peter's to do the same. He then ascended the 
Sedia Gestatoria, and wearing the Manto and precious 
Mitre with flabelli of ostrich feathers carried on either 
side, entered the Basilica, which must have con- 

^ The Sedia Gestatoria is borne on the shoulders of twelve footmen 
called ^ Sediari,' under the superintendence of the 'Foriere Maggiore,' 
the Marchese Sacchetti. It is supported by two long poles covered 
with red velvet, which are placed through gilt metal sockets attached 
to its base. 


To face p. 56. 


.\^N" XXV F, 

Photo., Dancsi, Roma. 
The ' Sedia Gestatona ' used at the Coronation, August 9, 1903. 


tained at least 40,000 spectators. There were Tri- 
bunes near the High Altar for the Corps Diplo- 
matique, Knights of Malta, and Nobility ; and the 
Papal Gendarmes and Palatine Guard, en grande 
tenue, were drawn up in line all down the Nave, 
the pilasters of which were hung with red damask. 
He was surrounded by all the great officers of State 
and escorted by the Noble and Swiss Guard, and the 
Choir sang the " Tu es Petrus " as he entered. The 
procession was a very long one, and consisted of the 
different Colleges of Prelates and others who belong 
to the Cappella Papale. The Bishops and Cardinals 
walked immediately in front of the Sedia Gesta- 
toria. On his arrival at the Chapel of the Blessed 
Sacrament the Pope descended and prayed for a 
while before the Santissimo, which was solemnly ex- 
posed. He then ascended the Sedia, and was carried 
down the Church to the Chapel of St. Gregory, where 
a throne without a canopy had been erected in front 
of the monument of Pius VH., as well as benches for 
the Sacred College. On the Altar of St. Gregory 
had been arranged his vestments for the Mass, as 
well as two mitres and tiaras, and there was also 
a credence, on which had been placed the seven golden 
candlesticks which were to be carried in the procession 
by the Prelates called * Votanti di Segnatura^ and to 
be held by them during the singing of the Gospel, 

Although the Pope had issued strict orders that no 
demonstration such as cheering was to be allowed, 
it was found very difficult to prevent it, and every 


now and then the people in their enthusiasm were 
unable to control themselves. 

During the procession the Pope on several occasions 
paused while he was blessing the crowd right and left, 
and putting his fingers to his lips enjoined silence. 
On reaching the Chapel of St. Gregory the Pope 
descended and prayed for some time at the faldstool. 
He then went to the throne. The Cardinals ascended 
the steps of the throne and one by one made their 
' ubbidienza ' by kissing his right hand, which he ex- 
tended to them covered by the orphrey of his Manto, 
and the Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops kissed 
his foot. 

The Pope having given the Blessing 'more solito' 
the Cardinals now vested themselves in full Pontificalia, 
the six Suburban Bishops in copes fastened by a morse 
decorated with three pine cones, the Cardinal Priests 
in chasubles, and the Deacons in dalmatics. They 
all wore silver lama vestments embroidered in gold, 
and white damask mitres. The Patriarchs, Arch- 
bishops and Bishops wore white copes and linen 

Terce was sung, and meanwhile Cardinal Segna, as 
Deacon of the Mass, and Cardinals Macchi and Pierotti, 
as assistant Deacons, vested themselves in dalmatics. 
By mistake Mgr. Ciocci, the Master of Ceremonies, 
vested Cardinal Segna with the stole over his right 
shoulder instead of over his left. It would have passed 
unnoticed, had I not called his attention to it. The 
Pope had now his Mitre, Manto and Stole removed 


and assumed the vestments for Mass. Having on him 
the white silk Falda, the Cardinal Deacons vested him 
in full ' Pontificalia,' which were carried to the throne 
by Prelates called ^Votanti di Segnatura' and 'Abbre- 
viatori del Parco Maggiore! In addition to these, he 
was vested as Pope, with the Succintorio and the 
Fanone. He ascended the Sedia Gestatoria, which 
was supported by the Sediari, who wore their crimson 
damask liveries, and the senior Cardinal Deacon hold- 
ing in his hand the Ferula or Staff, intoned the 
" Procedamus in Pace," an(i the Choir responded, " In 
nomine Christi. Amen." 

The procession in solemn state advanced to the 
High Altar. The Pope was carried under a rich 
canopy of silver lama, which was supported by eight 
Prelates, called Rcferendari di Segnatura, vested in 
Rochets, the flabelli of ostrich feathers being borne 
on either side of him by Chamberlains. In the pro- 
cession were carried also seven golden candlesticks 
and the mitres and tiaras. 

As the long procession wended its way to the High 
Altar, it paused three times, while Monsignor Men- 
ghini, a Papal Master of Ceremonies, holding aloft a 
silver brazier containing tow, set light to the flax, 
and making a genuflection towards the Pope, cried 
aloud thrice, each time with a higher pitch of the 
voice, these solemn words : " Pater Sancte ! Sic transit 
gloria mundi." The tow, however, could not be 
quenched, and it got brighter and brighter as the 
procession advanced, so that at last the Master of 


Ceremonies was obliged to throw the whole of the 
burning stuff on the ground, just under one of the 
bronze columns of the Papal Altar. One could not 
(standing so near to it as I did) help recalling the 
prophecy falsely attributed to St. Malachi, which as- 
signs the motto " Ignis Ardens " to the present reigning 
Pontiff. Some on the other hand see its fulfilment 
in the fact that Pius X. was elected on the Feast 
of St. Dominic, whose arms are represented as a dog 
holding a burning torch in its mouth. Others think 
they see its fulfilment in the fact that the Pope had 
been Cardinal Titular of the Church of St. Bernard 
" ad thermas," which was connected with the ' Cali- 
daria' or hot baths built by the Emperor Diocletian. 
Pius IX. of holy memory is said to have used the 
following words in allusion to those who believe in 
such superstitions, " Stultoruni infiniius est ttumerus" 
and they are quite applicable now. The Mass com- 
menced about 10.30, and was sung by the Pope at 
the High Altar. The last Coronation Mass that was 
celebrated here was that of Pius IX., on June 21st, 
1846. The Altar to-day looked magnificent. In front 
of it were placed two standard candlesticks designed by 
Pollaiuolo. On it were arranged the seven candlesticks 
designed by Gentili and Spagna, two statues of SS. 
Peter and Paul on either side the Cross, and two mitres 
and tiaras, the former on the Gospel side and the latter 
on that of the Epistle. The antependia of the Altar 
were those presented by Pope Clement XIII., of the 
family of Rezzonico of Venice (1758-69), and whose 


coat of arms I recognised as embroidered on them. 
On reaching the High Altar the Pope received" ad 
osculum oris" the three junior Cardinal Priests, and 
immediately began the Mass. 

The Kyrie, Gloria, and SancUts and Agnus Dei were 
by Palestrina, " Sine nomine]' for four voices. The 
Credo was from the Mass of Pope Marcellus, the 
Offertory that of " Clemens non Papa," the Motett 
" Orenius pro Pontifice nostro Pio" for eight voices, 
was by Perosi, and the Communio was by Palestrina. 
After the Pope had said the Confiteor and received the 
maniple, he took his seat on the Sedia Gestatoria, and 
the three senior Cardinal Bishops then intoned the 
special prayers on his behalf. He then descended, and 
standing below the Altar steps, Cardinal Macchi, the 
Senior Deacon, invested him with the Pallium ^ reciting 

^ The Pallium is made from the wool shorn from the two lambs 
which are blessed on the Feast of St. Agnes after the Pontifical Mass 
in her Church on the Via Nomentana. The Iambs are then taken to 
the Pope who consigns them to the care of the Nuns at St. Cecilia 
in the Trastevere. The Pallia are solemnly blessed by the Pope after 
the Vespers on the Vigil of SS. Peter and Paul, and are granted 
to Patriarchs, Primates and Metropolitans, and by special favour to 
some Bishops. Pope St. Mark in the year 337 specially granted it to 
the Bishop of Ostia and his successors, as he has the right of conse- 
crating the Pope should the latter not have received episcopal orders 
when elected. An Arclibishop cannot exercise full jurisdiction till he 
has received the Pallium, unless by special permission from the Holy 
See. The Pallia are kept in a casket given by Benedict XIV., 
which is placed over the Fenestrella at the shrine of St. Peter, and 
hence are called ^de Corpore S. Petri.'' When a Metropolitan is translated 
from one See to another, he must 'postulate' for a new Pallium, in which 
he is vested when buried, the old one being placed beneath his head. 
The Pallium is worn over the Chasuble, and to the three crosses orj 



the following prayer: '' Accipe Pallium Sanctum, pleni- 
tndinem Pontificalis officii ad Jwnorem Omiiipotentis 
Dei, gloriosissimcE Virginis Maries Ejus Matris, beato- 
riLvi Apostolorum Petri, et Pauli, et Sancics RomancB 
EcclesicB^'' after which the two Cardinal Deacons at- 
tached three jewelled pins to the crosses. Having in- 
censed the Altar ' nicrre solito,' and been incensed 
himself by Cardinal Segna the Deacon, he went to 
the Throne, which was placed at the extreme end of 
the Sanctuary and in front of the Altar of the Sedia, 

breast, left shoulder and back respectively, are attached three jewelled 
pins passing through little loops of black silk. It is used when the 
Metropolitan solemnly pontificates on those occasions which are specified 
in the ' Cceremoniale Episcoporum.' The Pallium has attached to it two 
leaden weights covered with black silk, examples of which were found 
a few years since in the tomb of Archbishop Hubert Walter (a.d. 1193) in 
Canterbury Cathedral. The writer was allowed to examine them, and 
they appeared to be in every way identical with those used at the present 
day. The length of the Pallium since the Pontificate of Sixtus IV., 1471, 
has been much curtailed, otherwise its form remains substantially the 
same. Till the middle of the Xlllth century its crosses were probably 
red, as may be seen in the old mosaics dating from the Vlth and Vllth 
centuries in many of the old churches in Rome and elsewhere. 

As the commission was given to St. Peter to feed the sheep and the 
lambs, so his successors, the Roman Pontiffs, as ' Pastores Ovium,' send 
the Pallium, ' de Corpore S. Petri,' to Prelates in union with the Holy 
See. The Pallium in the arms of the Sees of Canterbury and York 
still bears testimony to the relations which so long uhited England and 
Rome. Thirteen centuries ago St. Augustine of Canterbury received 
the Pallium from Pope St. Gregory, together with the authorization to 
constitute the other English Sees. Later on our own Archbishops have 
frequently gone in person to Rome to receive the Pallium. It was given 
to Lanfranc in 1061 by Pope Alexander II., and the two first Arch- 
bishops of the restored Scottish Hierarchy went to Rome in 1878 to 
receive it from the late Pontiff", as will the new Archbishop of West- 
minster very shortly journey thither to receive it from Pius X. 


To face p. 62. 

S ^ 


The Sacred Pallium. 


and there received the 'ubbidienza' of the Cardinals, 
who kissed first his foot and then his hand, and re- 
ceived the double embrace. The Patriarchs, Arch- 
bishops and Bishops kissed his foot and his knee, 
while the Mitred Abbots and Penitentiaries of St. 
Peter's kissed his foot only. 

After he had said the Introit and Kyrie, and in- 
toned the " Gloria in Excelsis " and the Collect, Car- 
dinal Macchi as First Cardinal Deacon, holding a 
Ferula or Staff in his hand and accompanied by Mace- 
bearers, Auditors of the Rota, Masters of Ceremonies 
and Consistorial advocates (who on this occasion wear 
Copes not open in front but at the side), descended 
into the Confession, near which is the shrine of St. 
Peter, and there sung the special ' Laudes ' on behalf 
of the Pope. 

Diac. Chorus 

-■ — H— « — H — ■ — H — H— I 

Ex-au-di, Clui - ste. R/' Sanctis - si - mo Do - mi - no, no-st 


-B— H-n-— a ■ — ■ B a ■ B — H— ■— H— B-i-l 

PI - O, a De - o cle - ere - to Suramo Pon - li - fi - ci 

M Et dicitur tet: 


at u - ni - ver - sa - li Pa - pae vi - ta. 







Sal - va - tor mun - di, I^ Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 


Sancta Ma - ri - a, I^ Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 



Sane - te Mi - cha - el, R7 Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 



Sane - te Ga - bri - el, R7 Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 


Sane - te Ra - pha - el, Rj Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 


Sancte loannes Bap - ti - sta, R7 Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 


Sane - te Pe - tre, R7 Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 


Sane - te Pau - le, R/ Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 


Sanc-te An - dre - a, R? Tu il - lum ad - iu - va, 



-■5 ^* 1 *— " — ft — *— *— ■ 

Sane - te Ste - pha - ne, R7 Tu il - lum ad - in - va. 

Sancte Le - o, R/ Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 

— zi=i-^:bpi: 




Sancte Gre - go - ri, E/' Tu il - lum ad - iu - va 



Sancte Be - ne - die - te, R/' Tu il - lum ad - iu • va. 


p^gz--Ja^^.=[P=a=5=-=g 3-:=fi: 

Sancte Ba - si - li, R7 Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 




Sane - te Sab - ba, R/ Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 


Sancte Do - mi - ni-ce, R7 Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 


Sane - ta Ag - nes, R7 Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 

Sancta Cae - ci - li - a, R7 Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 




Sane - ta Lu - ci - a, R/' Tu il - lum ad - iu - va. 


r,p:3lz"z"zgz!!zBzgB=^ ^zgzgzg z"ziai-| 

Ky - li - e, e - le - i - son, R? Ky - ri - e, e - le - i - son, 

-g — ■—■—■—■— a - B^ — ff — B— a— H— H— B— ^ — T — 

Christe, e - le - i - son, R7 Christe, e - le - i - son, 

Ky - ri - e, e - - le - i - son. 

The Epistle was then sung by Mgr. Magno, Auditor 
of the Rota and Apostolic Sub-Deacon, in Latin, after 
which it was sung in Greek by Don Giorgio Xenopolis 
of Athens, who afterwards both together went and 
kissed the Pope's foot. Cardinal Segna then placed 
the book of the Gospels on the Altar and went to 
kiss the hand of the Pope, who was seated on the 
Throne, while Mgr. Sambucetti, the Archbishop as- 
sistant, presented the incense to be blessed by His 
Holiness. The Cardinal Deacon having returned to 
the Altar and said the " Munda Cor meum," took the 
book from the Altar, and, accompanied by the Sub- 
Deacon and by seven ' Votanti di Segnatiira^ holding 
golden candlesticks, together with the thurifer, went 
to the Throne to obtain the Pope's blessing. He now 
returned with his assistants, and sung the Gospel in 
Latin from a lectern, the seven Prelates standing 
round him with their golden candlesticks. 


When the Gospel was ended, the Greek Deacon 
carried his Gospel book to the Altar and placed it 
thereon. He then went to kiss the Pope's foot, returned 
to the Altar, and said in Greek the prayer correspond- 
ing to the " Munda Cor." Then rising, he took the 
book of the Gospels, and, accompanied by the Greek 
Sub-Deacon, he returned to the Throne for the Pope's 
blessing, asking for it in Greek. The Pope replied in 
Latin. He then returned to the Altar and sang the 
Gospel in Greek, in which language the Sub-Deacon 
answered at the beginning and the end. The two Sub- 
Deacons then carried the books of the Gospel to be 
kissed by the Pope, whom the assistant Cardinal Bishop 
incensed. The Pope now intoned the Credo. After 
the Choir had sung the " Incarnatus," the Cardinal 
Deacon and the Sub- Deacon went from the Altar 
to the credence of the Cardinal Deacon, where they 
washed their hands. Then returning, they spread over 
the Altar the cloth with gold fringe, called the ' Sopra- 
tovaglia.' The Sub-Deacon then went to the Credence 
of the Papal Sacristan, Mgr. Pifferi, and, putting on 
a humeral veil, he carried the burse with the corporal, 
two purificators and the canister of wafers to the 
Cardinal Deacon, who, placing the canister on the 
Altar, took the corporal from the burse and spread 
it on the Altar, putting on one side of it the two 
purificators. Mgr. Pifferi, the Sacristan, having left 
the Pope's Throne, went to his credence, where the 
humeral veil was put over his shoulders : with it he 

F 2 

68 THE coronation: 

carried the chalice, paten, golden spoon, and two 
purificators, and accompanied by a ' Votante di Seg- 
natura ' acting as acolyte, who carried a cup and two 
empty cruets, he went to the Pope's credence on 
the Gospel side of the Altar °. They placed on the 
credence what they carried, and one of the Pope's 
servants (Mgr. Sagrista having purified the paten, 
chalice and cruets) then tasted the wine and water. 
The Sacristan then washed with the wine the chalice, 
paten, spoon, cruets and cup, and filled the cruets 
with wine and water, pouring a little of each into 
a small cup that the servant might taste them. 
He then carried them to the Altar. The Cardinal 
Deacon then placed three wafers on the Paten. He 
took one of them, touched it' with the other two, and 
gave it to the Sacristan ; he then took another and 
touched it with the paten and chalice inside and outside, 
and gave it to the Sacristan, who eat the two wafers. 
The third was kept for consecration. The Cardinal 
Deacon then took the cruets, and poured from them 
some wine and water into the cup held by the Sacris- 
tan, who drank from it. This ceremony is called the 
* Praegustatio ' or ' Proba.' 

The Pope meanwhile had said the offertory, and the 
Lavabo was given him by Prince Orsini, the Prince 
Assistant at the Throne, the Pope wiping his hands 

c The credence of the Cardinal Deacon as also that of Mgr. Sagrista 
are on the Epistle side. 


with a towel given him by Mgr. Cagiano the Maggior- 
domo. He descended from the Throne and went to the 
Altar to continue the Mass " more solito." Having 
offered the bread and wine and censed the elements 
and had been himself censed, he washed his hands with 
the usual formality. At the Sanctus eight torches were 
brought in by the ' Votanti di Segnatura' At the 
Elevation, the Pope first raised the Sacred Host in 
the centre, then on the right, and then on the left, 
that it might be seen by all. He did the same at 
the Elevation of the Chalice. At the same time the 
silver trumpets pealed forth a beautiful and solemn 
melody composed by the late Count Silveri, an officer 
of the Noble Guard. The Pope continued the Mass 
as usual, but before saying the ' Pater Noster ' Mgr. 
Sagrista went to his Credence with the ' Votante di 
Segnat7ira ' who acts as acolyte. The Prelate carried 
the cruets and a small gold cup ; while the Sacristan, 
in a humeral veil, carried the golden Fistola^ in his 
right hand, and the Chalice for the Pope's ablution 
in his left hand, to the Pope's Credence, accompanied 
as usual by the Mace-bearers. A servant now poured 
the remaining wine and water out of the cruets. The 
cruets, cup, fistola and chalice were then washed by 
the Sacristan with wine and water after these had 

^ The Fistola is the tube through which the Pope receives the Sacred 
Blood. It is composed of three pipes which pass through a small bowl 
in the upper part ; the centre pipe is longer than the others. The bowl 
is to protect the Sacred Blood from any accident through effusion. 


been tasted by the servant : with them the Sacristan 
filled the cruets. 

The ' Votante di Segnatiira' then carried the cruets 
and the cup, and the Sacristan the Fistola and the 
Chalice with the two purificators to the Throne, where 
they stationed themselves on the right-hand side. 

The Pope having said the " Agnus Dei " and the 
usual prayer, kissed the Altar and gave the kiss of 
peace to the assistant Cardinal Bishop and the two 
assistant Cardinal Deacons. He however did not give 
it to the Cardinal Deacon and the Sub-Deacon of the 
Mass, because he does so after he has given them 
Communion. The Pope now returned to the Throne 
for his Communion. The Cardinal Deacon standing 
on the Epistle side of the Altar now turned to the 
Altar, and having genuflected, covered the Blessed 
Sacrament which was on the Paten with an Asterisk^ 
or star of gold having twelve points ; he then took 
the Paten, and elevating it, shewed it to the people and 
to the Pope, describing two half-circles that it might be 
seen by all. He then gave it to the Sub-Deacon, who 
kneeling, received it in his hands covered with the 
humeral veil. The Sub-Deacon then carried it to the 
Throne, but without either canopy or torches preceding 
it, and as he approached, the Pope knelt in adoration. 

e The Asterisk is a gold star of twelve rays, on each of which is 
inscribed the name of an apostle. It is placed over the Host to pre- 
serve it from accidents. 


The Sub-Deacon then stationed himself at the left hand 
of the Pope. The Cardinal Deacon Segna now took 
the Chalice, and shewed it also to the Pope and people, 
as he had shewn the Host He then carried the Chalice 
covered with a palla to the Throne, but without either 
canopy or torches preceding it, and as he approached, 
the Pope knelt in adoration as before. The Cardinal 
Deacon then stationed himself on the right hand of the 
Pope. The Pope now read the prayers before Com- 
munion. After a Master of Ceremonies had taken the 
golden star from off the Blessed Sacrament, His 
Holiness took the Sacred Host into his left hand. He 
then, still standing^, communicated himself with one of 
the two portions of the Host, leaving the other on 
the Paten for the Communion of the Cardinal Deacon 
and the Sub-Deacon. 

The former now handed the Chalice to the Pope. 
Mgr. Sagrista gave the Fistola to the assistant Cardinal 
Bishop, who presented it to the Pope. His Holiness 
placed within the Chalice the Fistola, and standing, 
received through it a part of the Sacred Blood. Having 
communicated, he divided the Host into two parts, 

^ Many suppose that the Pope communicates himself sitting. This 
is, however, quite contrary to fact. According to the Ceremonial of the 
Papal Chapel the Pope is at liberty to communicate the Cardinal Deacons 
and others sitting, but it has rarely been done. In a letter in my 
possession written by Benedict XIV. to his Master of Ceremonies, and 
referring to this matter, he adds, " il che da Noi mai e stato fatto, 
avendo sempre comunicato i predetti stando in piedi." 


and gave one part to the Cardinal Deacon, who 
stood to receive it, and the other part to the Sub- 
Deacon, who knelt, and who both of them first 
kissed his hand. They were both kissed by him 
after their Communion, and then returned to the Altar, 
the Cardinal Deacon carrying the Chalice with the 
Fistola, and the Sub-Deacon the Paten. From this 
the latter removed into the Chalice any fragments 
which happened to remain of the Sacred Host. The 
Cardinal Deacon received with the Fistola a part of 
the Precious Blood, and the Sub-Deacon received the 
remainder immediately from the Chalice, which as well 
as the Fistola he afterwards purified. In the meantime 
the Pope received the ablution, which was presented to 
him in a Chalice by the assistant Cardinal Bishop. 
Prince Orsini, as assistant at the Throne, then went to 
the Credence to fetch the ewer and basin for washing 
the Pope's hands, and His Holiness in the meanwhile 
purified his fingers with wine presented by the first 
Cardinal Priest, and wiped them with a purificator held 
by the assistant Cardinal Bishop. Having washed his 
hands in the basin presented by Prince Orsini, he 
returned to the Altar to finish the Mass and give the 
Blessing, an Auditor of the Rota kneeling and holding 
aloft before him the Papal cross. The Pope having 
given the Blessing and said the last Gospel, left his 
maniple on the Altar and took his seat on the Sedia 
Gestatoria. Still wearing the vestments of the Mass, he 
now assumed the mitre, gloves and ring, and received 


from Cardinal Rampolla, the Arch-priest of the 
BasiHca, accompanied by two Canons, a white silk 
purse embroidered in gold, containing 25 Giulii in 
ancient coin, called the " Presbiterio," the Cardinal 
offering it with these words : 

"Beatissivie Pater, Capituluni et Canonici Jiitjiis Sacro- 
sanctce Basiliccs, Sanciitati Vestr(B consuctmn offenint 
presbyteriiim pro Missa bene cantata^ 

The Pope's hand was then kissed by the Cardinal 
Arch-priest, and his foot by the two Canons, and he 
delivered the purse to the Cardinal Deacon Segna, who 
sung the Gospel, who in his turn gave it to his train- 
bearer, who after the ceremony obtained from the 
chief Sacristan of St, Peter's in exchange for it the 
sum of 25 lire. The Holy Father then left the 
Sanctuary, preceded by the Bishops and Cardinals, 
and sitting on the Sedia Gestatoria with the flabelli 
of ostrich feathers carried on either side of him by 
two Chamberlains, was borne to a raised platform 
placed in front of the High Altar near the Bronze 
Statue of St. Peter to be crowned. 

According to ancient custom this ceremony should 
take place " coram populo " in the Loggia over the 
Portico in front of the great Piazza. Having arrived 
at the platform, the Sedia Gestatoria was placed on 
it, and the two senior Cardinal Deacons ascended and 
stood on either side of His Holiness, while the Cardinals, 
Bishops, and others who formed the procession were 
grouped round the platform. The Cardinal Dean of 


the Sacred College now ascended the platform, and 
recited the prescribed prayers, standing in front of 
the Holy Father. The Choir having sung Baini's 
'•'■ Coro7ia aurea super Caput Ejus" Cardinal Pierotti 
removed the Holy Father's mitre, and the senior 
Cardinal Deacon Macchi placed the Tiara on the 
Pope's head, saying at the same time these words : 
"■ Accipe Thiaraniy tribus coronis ornatam, et scias fe 
esse Patrem Principum, et Regum, Rectorem orbis, in 
terra Vicarium Salvatoris Nostri, Cui est honor, et 
gloria in Scucula Scsculoruni s." 

The two assistant Archbishops, Monsignor Sambucetti 
and Monsignor Costantini the High Almoner, now held 
before His Holiness, one the book, and the other the 
candle, for him to pronounce the solemn Benediction. 
The Holy Father still sitting and wearing the Tiara 
intoned the following prayers : — " Sancti Apostoli Petrus 
et Paulus de quorum potestate et auctoritate conjidimus, 
ipsi intercedant pro nobis ad Doiniimm," at the end 
of which the Cantors answered Amen. He then con- 
tinued : " Precibus, et meritis Beatce Maries semper 
Virginis, beati Michaelis Arcangeli, beati loJiannis Bap- 
tistce et Sanctorum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli et 
omnium Sanctorum misereatur Vestri Omnipotens Deus 
et, dimissis gmnibus peccatis vestris, perducat vos Jesus 
Christus ad vitam ceteniajn," and the Cantors answered 

g This is the correct formula and punctuation which I have copied 
from the " Ritus Servandus" in use in the Papal Chapel. As will be 
seen, it slightly differs from that generally printed in the Manuals. 


To face p. 74. 

The Tiara. 

Photo., Felici, Roma. 

The three crowns are decorated with ^2 ruhics, ly emeralds, 11 sapphires, 

529 (hamonds, aiul 252 1 earls. 


Amen. He then continued : '' Iiididgentiani, absolu- 
tioncni et remissionem omnium pcccatorum vestrorum, 
spatmm verce et fructiiosce poenitentice, cor semper pceni- 
tens et emendationem vit(E, gratiam et consolationem 
Sancti Spirittis ct finalem perseverantiavi in bonis 
operibus tribnat vobis o)nnipotens et miseincors Dominns" 
and again the Cantors answered Amen. 

The Pope now rose from the Sedia Gestatoria, and 
extending his arms and raising his eyes heavenward, 
in a louder and more solemn tone gave the Apostolic 
Blessing, " Et benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris >^, et 
Filii f^, et Spiritus Sancti y^, dcscendat super vos et 
maneat semper^' at the end of which the Cantors 
answered Amen. The two Cardinal Deacons having 
read aloud the Plenary Indulgence in Latin and Italian 
threw the formulas (or should have done so) towards 
the people, who commenced shouting " Viva Pio X.," 
and waving their handkerchiefs. The enthusiasm was 
indescribable. The Pope having sat down, once again 
rose for a moment and blessed the people. He was 
now carried down the Basilica, wearing the Tiara, on 
the Sedia Gestatoria under the processional canopy, 
with the flabelli held on either side, and giving his 
blessing right and left to the assembled congregation. ^ 

He retired to the Chapel of the Pieta, where he was 
unvested of his Pontificalia, and the Cardinals unvested 
in the Chapel of St. Sebastian. 

The Pope then got into the " Portantina," and 
wearing his Rochet and Mozzetta and Camauro, was 



carded through the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament 
by his Sediari, up the great staircase, and through 
the Sala Regia and Sala Ducale, to the first Loggia, 
where he alighted, and together with the Maggior- 
domo and Maestro di Camera, he returned in the lift 
to his private apartments. We all reached the ante- 
chamber before he did, and on his passing through 
the Throne Room I knelt and obtained his blessing 
for my relations, and for the Chaplain and the 
Catholic undergraduates of Oxford. The last words 
the Holy Father said to me were these : " Benedico 
Tiiiti"—''l bless them all." 

This great Ceremony lasted five hours, from 8.30 
till 1.30, and I feel I may, with gratitude to the 
Author and Giver of all good things, truly say to 
myself, " Many Prophets and Kings have desired to 
see the things which you see, and have not seen 
them, and to hear the things which you hear, and 
have not heard them." 

2)eo 6ratias. 


To face p. 76. 

Photo., Fclici, Roma. 

Pope Pius X. in the act of blessing. 


These details are taken from the Constitution of Gregory XV., 1621-22, 
given in the Careinoiiiale continens ritus electionis Romani Pontificis : 

Although the Pope may be elected either by 
what is called acclamation, or by compromise, the 
usual method is by scrutiny, and then voting papers 
are used. As will be seen by the accompanying 
slightly reduced illustrations, they are oblong, the 
breadth being less than the height. They are about 
5| inches high by 5 inches broad. 

When open, as in illustration I., at the top are two 
words only, EGO Cardinalis, to be filled up with 
the name of the Cardinal who votes, and a little 
below are two circles, upon which the seals are to 
be put. Below, and in the middle of the voting 
paper, are the words, " Eligo IN SVMMVM PONTIFICEM 
Reverendissimvm Dominvm mevm Dominvm Car- 
DINALEM," to which he adds the name of the Cardinal 
for whom he votes. 

Then at the bottom of the voting paper there are 
also two circles for the seals, as above, and a space 
for the Cardinal's number and motto. The Cardinal 
fills up the voting paper in a disguised hand and 
places seals with red wax, sufficiently large to cover 
the places marked, using not his own arms, but a 






Eligo in Summnm Pontificem II "D. 
meuiB D. Card. 



seal with three numbers, or three letters, or some 
conventional design, such as an animal or bird, &c. 
The seals can be seen by the three Cardinal scrutators, 
but without breaking the seals, the scrutators cannot 
read the name or motto of the Cardinal voting. Every- 
thing is done to insure the strictest secrecy. First, 
both top and bottom are folded over, so that the name 


% e 

I Nomen. | 

Eligo in Summum Pontificem R."D. 
meum D. Card. 

«fi«.'^ ©@-c«^@®®^©^ © 


and motto of the ^ Cardinal are hidden, and only the 
ornamental designs or ' fregi ' appear on the back, 
as is shewn in illustration No, II. These 'fregi' 


are printed on the back to hinder the writing on the 
front, the name and signa, from showing through, 
for extraordinary pains are taken to prevent the 
name of the voter becoming known to the scrutators. 

Then the paper is folded again so as to reduce 
the voting paper to the length of a man's thumb. 
Then it is folded once more between the two lines of 
latin printed in the middle of the paper, and the 
voting paper is then ready to be carried to the Altar, 
where after kneeling in prayer and taking the oath 
the Cardinal places it on a paten, from which it is 
dropped into a large chalice. 

The words of the oath are : " Testor Christum 
Dominum, qui me judicaturus est, me eligere, quem 
secundum Deum judico eligi debere, et quod idem 
in accessiL praestabo ^." 

All the Cardinals having voted, the chalice is 
shaken while it is covered with the paten ; and the 
votes are then taken out and counted. If they do not 
correspond with the number of the Cardinals, the 
whole of the papers are burnt and a fresh balloting 
takes place. If they correspond, the Scrutineers take 
out the voting papers^ shew the seals intact, and read 
aloud the names voted for, so that the Cardinals may 

^ The ' Accessus ' was practised by the Roman Senate, and when 
there was no difference of opinion a member would rise from his seat, 
but not leaving it, would say in a high voice, " Accedo ad idem," but 
in the Papal elections it was commenced in 1455, at the election of 
Callixtus 3rd, 


hear and note on their tabular hsts, on which are 
printed the names of all in Conclave, the numbers 
given to each candidate. The votes being counted, 
the voting papers are run on a file through the 
printed word * eligo ' and put aside. 

The first act of what is called the * post-scrutinio ' 
is the Accessus. The Accessus is used when it is 
declared that the largest number of votes for any one 
Cardinal does not amount to two-thirds of the whole, 
and no election by Scrutiny has been concluded. 
It consists in a Cardinal transferring his vote to 
another candidate who, according to the tabular lists, 
has a larger number of votes. 

It takes place immediately after the Scrutiny, 
and the Cardinals use the same seals, numbers and 
mottoes that they used in the Scrutiny. When open 
the voting paper is similar to illustration No. I., ex- 
cepting the words " ACCEDO," &c., in the centre. 
When closed it is similar to illustration No. III. 

The Cardinal who votes fills up the paper exactly 
as in the former case, adding his seal and motto, 
and after the words " AccEDO Reverendissimo 
Domino meo Domino Cardinali," again adds the 
name of the candidate for whom he now votes. 

In the Accessus the Cardinal does not take the 
oath, because he has already taken it at the Scrutiny 
when he placed his voting paper in the chalice. 

The ' Accessus,^ is a repetition of the voting in 
the Scrutiny, but with different voting papers. The 




voting papers of the Scrutiny and the Accessus are 
then compared, the numbers and mottoes at the 
lower part of the voting papers being examined and 
found to correspond. The upper part, however, with 


I iNomeB»|S 


Accedo Reverendiss. D. meo 
D. Card. 

^ © 

the names of the Cardinals, as yet preserves the 
seals unbroken. Then the votes are counted. If 
one name do not obtain two-thirds of the votes, 
whether in the Scrutiny alone, or in the Scrutiny and 
Accessus combined, no Pope is elected. But if one 
name have two-thirds of the votes and no more, then 
they open the upper part of the voting paper of the 


Cardinal with that name, where the Cardinal has 
written his own name ; and if it appears that he voted 
for another, the election is good ; but if he voted 
for himself, Null, on account of the lack of one vote ; 
not however, if there be more than two-thirds voting 
for him. The voting papers, whether there had been 
an election or not, are next examined by three Car- 
dinals called ' Recognitores,' who see if the votes 
be really as given out by the Scrutineers. 

If a Cardinal does not wish to give his vote 
in the Accessus, he adds to his voting paper the 
word ' Nemini ' in the place of Rev"^° D. Meo D. 
Card. A Cardinal is not allowed to give his vote 
in the Accessus to one who had no vote in the Scru- 
tiny, or to the same Cardinal for whom he voted 
in the Scrutiny, for otherwise he would thus get two 
votes. Last of all the entire set of voting papers 
are burnt. 

The three Cardinals called ' Infirmarii ' ought to 
take to any sick Cardinal, who is confined by ill- 
ness to his cell, the voting papers (as well as the 
large sheet on which are marked the votes given to 
each) for him to sign and seal. Having taken the 
oath he places his voting paper in the box in which 
it had been brought, and having locked it, the ' In- 
firmarii' bring it back to the Chapel, and give it to the 
scrutineers, who place the voting papers in the chalice. 

If; :.')i)iHrR'jRr(,in';Ai likr/ 



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1 1 is a curious list, that of the English cardinals. 
One had to be a conspicuous man indeed in old days 
before Rome lent an ear to Ultima Thuk, and the 
brief list is full of notable names. Theobaldiis 
Stampensis, Nicholas Bieakspeare— whom the Abbot 
of St. Albans deemed of too common birth to be 
admitted, but whose stirrup was at last held bj- the 
Emperor — Stephen Langton, who wrote " Magna 
Carta"; Somercote, whose influence was so great 
that he was poisoned in Rome, "ne Papa esset''; 
Langham, the pluralist; Adam Easton, who was put 
to the rack in Rome by the very Pope who had 
appointed him, until Edward III., making the voice 
of England heard abroad for the first time, sent 
peremptory orders, and he was released, while his 
Italian confreres still suffered ; Beaufort, '" Cardinal 
of England," whose arms and hat are still one 
of the chief ornaments of Southwark Cathe- 

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p. 13, line 19, read Rochet, Falda, red Buskins and Sandals, Amice. 

, 25, ,, 16, for 1820 read 1823. 

, 30. ,, 14, ,, whom ,, who. 

. Si> ■• '. !. Vivez ,, Vives. 

, 68, lines 15 & IT, for touched it with rtW touched with it. 

. 75, line 25, for Pieta i-ead Pieta. 


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said to have been brilliantly successful when he 
solemnly made over Ireland to be England's for 
ever. Manning rarely failed in his wider aims, and 
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It io a curious list, that of the English cardina's. 
One had to be a conspicuous man indeed in old days 
before Rome lent an ear to Ultima Thule, and the 
brief list is full of notable names. Theobaldtis 
Stampensis, Nicholas Breakspeare — whom the Abbot 
of St. Albans deemed of too common birth to be 
admitted, but whose stirrup was at last held by the 
Emperor — Stephen Langton, who wrote " Magna 
Carta"; Somercote, whose influence was so great 
that he was poisoned in Rome, " ne Papa esset '' ; 
Langham, the pluralist; Adam Easton, who was put 
to the rack in Rome by the very Pope who had 
appointed him, until Edward III., making the voice 
of England heard abroad for the first time, sent 
peremptory orders, and he was released, while his 
Italian confreres still suffered ; Beaufort, '" Cardinal 
of England," whose arms and hat are still one 
of the chief ornaments of Southwark Cathe- 
dral; Bourchier, Morton, Bambridge, whose 
enamelled snuffers are in the Museum, and 
whose poisoned body lies in Rome ; Wolsey — 
" non humili tantum sed vili genere male 
Reipublicae Christianae natus," as an unfriendly 
commentator notes, but the greatest man in Europe 
of his day and the heraJd of modem times, through 
his discovery of the " balance of power " ; and 
Reginald Pole. The latter's was an amazing 
career. Dean of Exeter, while still a layman and a 
young man, he lived to have 3 to 1 betted upon his h—i 
chance of election as Pope in 1549— it is curious to ■'.•:i 
hear of these early odds upon the result of a conclave 
—and he had the extreme good fortune to die in the 
evening of the same day as that on which Queen Mary 
breathed her last. Such are some of the names in the 
list of the English cardinals. Excepting Wolsey and 
Breakspeare there is hardly a name fit to place 
beside Manning's for importance. Even Wolsey 
failed to effect the change in the polity of the Church 
at which h-e a,imed ; even Breakspeare can hardly have 
said to have been brilUantly successful when he 
solemnly made over Ireland to be England's for 
ever. Manning rareily failed in his wider aims, and 
those aims were wide indeed. If it is proposed to set 




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