BRAND NEW AND FROM THE PAPAL TAILORS
NOTE: THIS IS NOT A COPY – THIS IS THE REAL THING!
– FROM VATICAN CITY –
AS WORN BY
HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI
BEFORE HE STARTED GLORIOUSLY REIGNING
[RED WATERED SILK SKULL CAP]
(This is the REAL THING from Rome!)
The zucchetto (plural zucchetti, Italian for “small gourd”), also called pileolus, is a small skullcap worn by clerics of the Roman Catholic Church and within Anglicanism. It was first adopted for practical reasons – to keep the clergy’s tonsured heads warm in cold, damp churches – and has survived as a traditional item of dress. It consists of eight panels sewn together, with a stem at the top. Its name may derive from its resemblance to half of a pumpkin, or from the fact that it covers a larger “pumpkin” (the head).
Cardinal Vatican Zucchetto