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  • n  ornamented canopy supported by columns or suspended from a roof or projected from a wall (as over an altar)

  • Sitting in a row sheltered by the same baldachin (canopy), the Camerlengo and the three deans assumed many of the qualities of a reigning Pope, were entitled to the same .
  • To signify this fact, the cardinals tug heavy silken cords to drop the baldachin that hangs over each chair, leaving only the new Pope's throne covered.
  • When Cardinal Pacelli, seated under his baldachin (canopy), heard his name pronounced for the 42nd successive time, he suddenly hid his face in his hands.

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