Friday, August 27, 2010
Bless my sole.
Recently the Pope took delivery of two new pairs of handmade shoes from his cobbler, Adriano Stefanelli . It was reported the shoemaker also sent a pair to the Russian Orthodox Patriarch in the spirit of Christian unity. Adriano Stefanelli, has been the cobbler to the Vatican since he saw John Paul II suffering in 2003. He made four pairs which John Paul II wore. Since then he produced shoes and slippers for Pope Benedict XVI in each of the five years of his pontificate. He also made some hiking shoes for the summer Pope Benedict XVI spent in northern Italy in 2008. Stefanelli takes about a month to make a pair of shoes using the traditional hand craft methods. So popular are his shoes with the clergy he now supplies various church leaders with shoes.