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I was watching the Cardinals taking the oath today (3/12) and couldn't help but notice that one Cardinal was wearing a black robe and hat. I am curious, Who is he? Why was he wearing a black robe when all the others wore red? Thank you.

Cardinals generally wear red, but there are a few "Cardinals" who are actually prelates of Eastern Rite churches in union with Rome (Maronite rite, Ukrainian Catholic rite, etc).  These individuals usually wear black.  Cardinals could technically wear anything they want.  The clothing they wear does not have any liturgical significance; it's like when the Shriners have a parade.  Hope this helps.  


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