Jul 27, 2010
Casual Vestments: Pope in a Ballcap
The 83-year-old even colour-coordinated his new cap, perhaps mindful of the need for it to blend in with his white robe and white hair. Pope Benedict donned the trendy hat as he walked around his estate in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome. The cap also served the more useful purpose of keeping the hot summer sun off the Pope's head.
The move isn't the first time that the Vatican has broken with tradition this week.
It emerged at the weekend that officials have decided not to fly the Pope home to Italy on British Airways at the end of his state visit to the UK this autumn. The decision is due, in part, to the threat of BA strikes.
It has become customary for the Pope to return home from official visits on the flag carrier of the country he has toured. Pope Benedict will instead fly from Rome to Britain and back on an Airbus A320 operated by Italian state airline Alitalia.
Vatican sources, however, claim Church officials in the UK tried to contact BA again to discuss the details but received no response.
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