Almost 50 years after this:
We get this:
Wikipedia gives this information about Paul VI’s tiara:
Pope Paul wore his tiara a number of times in 1963, before, in a dramatic act in November 1963, laying it on the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in a gesture of humility to symbolise the papacy’s surrender of any claim to temporal power. He never wore it again. It was announced that the tiara would be sold and the proceeds of the sale given to charity. However, Francis Spellman, Cardinal Archbishop of New York intervened and arranged instead for the tiara to be bought by the Catholic Church in the United States in 1968.
It is now on permanent display in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
J. P. Sonnen (clearly a man after my own heart – see his “profile” pic in his profile) gives this background information to the new “Benedict XVI tiara”:
At today’s weekly general audience the Holy Father received a new tiara made for him and presented by Catholic and Orthodox Christians.
The tiara was commissioned by Dieter Philippi (http://www.dieter-philippi.de/), a German Catholic businessman who has a great devotion to the papacy as well as to the call to Christian unity.
The tiara was created in Sofia, Bulgaria by Orthodox Christians of the Liturgix studio (http://www.liturgix.com/).
Today a small delegation of Roman Catholics and Bulgarian Orthodox on pilgrimage in Rome had the honor to present the tiara to the Holy Father in the name of Christian unity.
Congratulations to Dieter and to all German Catholics and Bulgarian Orthodox involved with this wonderful project.
One would not normally think of the papal tiara as a “sign of Christian unity”, but there you go!
The only question remaining is whether or not this beautiful object will ever see the light of day again after its presentation!