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Jabril Anderson wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What is the hat the Pope wears on his head?


  { What is the hat the Pope wears on his head? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Jabril —

Thanks for the question.

The following is from the Catholic Encyclopedia.


Derived from the popular Italian idiom zucca, meaning a pumpkin, which was used for "head", the zucchetto is a small skullcap which at one time was worn by any number of persons as a head covering, especially in the winter cold. It has come to mean the skullcap worn by ecclesiastics, in particular prelates.

The Pope wears a white zucchetto of watered silk. The cardinals use scarlet, and bishops, purple. Monsignori may wear black with purple piping. All others may use simple black, including abbots who are not endowed with the episcopal dignity.

Reverend Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.L. Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia. Copyright © 1994, Our Sunday Visitor.


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