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Tailors to the popes pray for perfect fit

papal shoes and a white skull cap are seen beneath three sets of papal outfits — small, medium and large sizes — are displayed in the Gammarelli tailor shop window, in Rome.  (Andrew Medichini/The Associated Press)
papal shoes and a white skull cap are seen beneath three sets of papal outfits — small, medium and large sizes — are displayed in the Gammarelli tailor shop window, in Rome. (Andrew Medichini/The Associated Press)
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VATICAN CITY — The favorite guessing game in Rome these days is who will be the next pope. Few take it more seriously than the Gammarelli family, tailors to the Vatican for more than 200 years. For the past seven conclaves, Gammarelli has prepared three identical white outfits in small, medium and large for the new pontiff’s first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. Here’s a look at what goes into making a ...


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