Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

MOZZETTA

A nonliturgical cape made of silk or wool reaching to the elbows and closed with buttons in front. At the neck there is a small hood attached. It can be worn by the Pope and as a special privilege, by cardinals, bishops, and certain abbots. It signifies jurisdiction and is worn over the rochets. Its color is red, white, purple or black depending on the wearer's status. A similar cape is worn by members of some religious orders, e.g., Dominicans and Franciscans, as part of their monastic habit. (Etym. Italian mozzetta, a short cape with a small hood.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism 11 hours ago
Relax; the Pope didn't change Church teaching with a phone call 12 hours ago
Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering April 22
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20