Pope Benedict XVI, clearly a dedicated follower of (mediaeval) fashion, was seen yesterday sporting a fetching red, wide-brimmed hat on his entrance to St Peter’s Square for the general papal audience.
The hat, known as a saturno, has been in use by centuries of Holy Fathers on sunny days. HH John Paul II was fond of sporting his on trips to Latin America. It is not to be confused with the camauro, commonly worn by popes in centuries gone by to keep their heads warm on cold days and it featured on many paintings.
It can only be hoped that the next fashion statement from His Holiness will be the wearing of a papal tiara.