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These prayers were not peculiar to Good Friday in the early ages (they were said on Spy Wednesday as late as the eighth century); their retention here, it is thought, was inspired by the idea that the Church should pray for all classes of men on the day that Christ died for all. Duchesne is of opinion that the “Oremus” now said in every Mass before the Offertory—which is not a prayer—remains to show where this old series of prayers was once said in all Masses.
— Catholic Encyclopedia (1909)

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Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli in Cappa Magna
published 2 August 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

This appears to be a picture of Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli as Papal Nuncio circa 1933. I suspect it was taken during a Eucharistic congress:


I believe I see a blue biretta in the background. I’ve been told that bishops of France—during the 17th century—had blue cassocks with blue birettas. Anyone care to hazard a guess regarding why a blue biretta would have been used circa 1933?