cappa magna


  • Latin: great cape


A cope or robe worn by cardinals and bishops on occasions of ceremony, which may be described as a glorified cappa choralis. Its color for cardinals is ordinarily red, and for bishops violet. It has a long train, requiring a train-bearer, and a large hood, of fur in winter and of silk in summer. Canons and specially privileged prelates also wear the cappa magna, but folded and curtailed to signify an inferior dignity.

MLA Citation

  • “cappa magna”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 February 2013. Web. 9 July 2020. <>