It was the traditional seal of the Vatican-the sacred symbol of the Holy See or "holy seat" of government, the seat being literally the ancient throne of St. Peter.
The tradition was timeless …. the secrecy, the folded slips of paper, the burning of the ballots, the mixing of ancient chemicals, the smoke signals.
He knew the camerlegno had held the traditional private tea for the four preferiti earlier that afternoon, but that had been hours ago.
As was Vatican tradition, following the Pope’s death the camerlegno had personally confirmed expiration by placing his fingers on the Pope’s carotid artery, listening for breath, and then calling the Pope’s name three times.
But now, in keeping with the sacred tradition, fifteen days after the death of a Pope, the Vatican was holding Il Conclavo-the sacred ceremony in which the 165 cardinals of the world-the most powerful men in Christendom-gathered in Vatican City to elect the new Pope.
Although they also wore the blue and gold uniform, each wielded the traditional "Vatican long sword"-an eight-foot spear with a razor-sharp scythe-rumored to have decapitated countless Muslims while defending the Christian crusaders in the fifteenth century.
He wore the traditional blue captain’s uniform with his own personal flair-a red beret cocked sideways on his head.
Reconnaissance will be done with traditional bug sweepers, recalibrated for sub-three-ohm flux fields.
Both were cloaked, their heads covered with dark mantles, the traditional black covering of Catholic widows.
It was ironic, Langdon thought, or perhaps fitting, that the Coliseum had served as the architectural blueprint for Harvard’s Soldier Field-the football stadium where the ancient traditions of savagery were reenacted every fall …. crazed fans screaming for bloodshed as Harvard battled Yale.
It was tradition.
Apparently there were troubling new developments, which could not be shared on-air, but the camerlegno had decided to break tradition and enter conclave to address the cardinals.
Even the concept of Christ dying for our sins is arguably not exclusively Christian; the self-sacrifice of a young man to absolve the sins of his people appears in the earliest tradition of the Quetzalcoatl.
The camerlegno broke the Vatican tradition of secrecy and went public about the crisis.
The church’s strength was its tradition, not its transience.
The camerlegno had always believed the words "father" and "son" were religious tradition, but now he knew the diabolical truth-the words had been literal.
There are no more uses of "tradition" in the book.
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My family’s Thanksgiving tradition is to gather together and eat turkey.
I want to have a traditional wedding ceremony compete with bridesmaids and a white dress.