The ring is one of the pope's badges of office. This one belonged to Eugenius IV (pope from 1431 to 1437). In those days, popes were famed for their fine robes and jewellery. Modern popes are more often known for their moral guidance and wide contacts with the world's churches.
SOLEMN RITES Water that has been blessed may be sprinkled during solemn rites such as blessings, exorcisms (the banishing of evil spirits), and burials. People may also be sprinkled with holy water during Mass. The sprinkling device, called an aspergillum, is a rod tipped with a bulb or brush.
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