Pope's simple style influencing cardinal fashion

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Raniero Mancinelli shows a a cheaper sample of lace material during an interview with The Associated Press in his tailor shop in Rome, Thursday Feb. 13, 2014. Mancinelli, who is getting little sleep these days putting the finishing touches on outfits commissioned by several of the new cardinals, has some tips of what to watch out for on Saturday, when Francis will preside over the consistory formally welcoming the new cardinals. Immediately noticeable will be how much lace is on the rochet, once sewn by hand _ with a price-tag to match _ but now often machine made. Macinelli took out samples of each and ran his finger over them: "This is the Francis effect," he said of the cheaper version. Back in 2001 when the then-archbishop of Buenos Aires was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II, he wore a simple rochet with only two thin bands of embroidered lace. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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No glitzy gold, no rich velvet, no regal fur. Pope Francis' pared down papal wardrobe of sensible black shoes and a white cassock so thin you can see his black trousers through it is a perfect fit for his call for simplicity and humility among his clergy.

The pope's personal style — which earned him Esquire magazine's "Best Dressed Man of 2013" award — and his broader message of sobriety will be put to the test Saturday when he inducts 19 prelates into the College of Cardinals, placing the three-cornered red silk biretta on the heads of the new "princes of the church." (AP)

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