Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Pope Benedict Dons Medieval "Santa" Hat for Advent

Image hosted by Photobucket.comPope Benedict looked like he was pretending to be Santa Clause sans beard today as he rode his popemobile through St. Peter's Square. The red velvet hat trimmed in white fur (called a "camauro") is a traditional 12th century piece of Papal wardrobe not seen in public since the days of Pope John XXIII in 1963. By the time Benedict stepped out of the vehicle the hat was gone, replaced by the familiar white skullcap.

The current Pope is known for a dry sense of humor and it is not likely coincidental that he chose to wear this satoral throwback just five days before Christmas.

Someday soon we may well see the Pope reciting the Sanctus as, "Ho- Ho- Ho-ly, Lord God of Hosts....."