This photo was taken of a priest in St. Peter's Basilica. In the past I've been asked (only by Americans) why lace is sometimes seen in Church - on altar linens, on albs, etc.?
The answer is simple: this is the Roman rite of the Roman Catholic Church and so there is this connection to mystical climate of Catholic Europe (to Rome). This Catholic Church, international, is much larger than our sometimes small American world.