Benedict XVI shared his favors between Gammarelli and the local ecclesiastic tailors nearer the Vatican whom he befriended in his many years as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Could the pope one day modernize his wardrobe to include the ‘‘clergyman’’ — the dark suit with a white priest’s collar used by most priests working outside the Vatican?
‘‘I hope not,’’ said Gammarelli. ‘‘The pope is different. He has another role and importance. His way of dressing should reflect this.’’