It happens to every Pope eventually

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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  1. Jane says:

    He does not seem worried. He has a few more of those caps at home.

  2. It’s really funny when it happens to the papal master of ceremonies at a papal Mass outside St. Peters.

  3. David Andrew says:

    “Georg, bobby pin, please.”

  4. Graham says:

    Our Holy Father’s zuchetto has been blown off by the wind of the Holy Spirit!

  5. Martin says:

    I love seeing pics of the Pope(s) on windy days.
    A pic says a thousand words.

  6. Brandon says:

    another one bites the dust… Somebody find me a pilgrim… they’ll have some more for me.

  7. Melody says:

    I admit this is the first thing I thought of when I saw a zuchetto as a child.

  8. Steve says:

    Looks like a Papal Frisbee to me.

  9. Mary Rose says:

    Nice work, Vincenzo! Very nice!

    I love the graciousness of our Holy Father. He just keeps on reading. None of this, “Mio zuchetto! Trovi mio zuchetto!”

  10. Sioux City believer says:

    It’s a fair trade; the Holy Spirit knocks of his zucchetto, and he knocks off our socks…

  11. Jayna says:

    I always did wonder how they got those things to stay on their heads. Evidently it doesn’t always work.

  12. Tomás López says:

    Hats off to you, Holy Father!

  13. Charivari Rob says:

    “I’ve spent how much this month on Zuhlsdorf’s wish list and donate button?!”

  14. Lee says:

    Any Judaica shop has little gizmos 4 of which are affixed to the inside of a kipah (yamulke) and whose many very short plastic prongs press down into a person’s hair holding the kipah-yalmulke-zucchetto in place. The Jews have to think of everything?

  15. Cory says:

    Aliens do exist. I believe!

  16. Howard says:

    I’ve always wondered why bishops and Jews are the only ones who wear hats like that. At first I assumed that these must be of ancient design and are some sort of holdover from the 1st century, but later I read that they are a medieval fashion instead. So again: I know both groups value the past, but why do both choose to retain headgear from the 1300’s? Anybody?

  17. jaykay says:

    Even the age of 81 our Holy Father is still blessed with a good head of hair! Something that some of us almost half his age can’t still boast:(

  18. Maureen says:

    A) Skullcaps keep your head warm.

    B) Skullcaps make a really nice foundation for hats, especially if you’re always switching in and out of birettas or miters at Mass, and you want to keep the ceremonial hats clean.

    C) Because we can. :)

  19. Matthew says:

    I believe the kippah and the zucchetto although similar in design have different meanings and origins. If memory serves the Levitical law requires the a man’s head be covered when he prays or similarly he cover his head should he hear the name of God. The kippah developed as a permanent head covering.
    The zucchetto had a more prosaic origin. Monks who kept tonsure found their heads getting cold so they developed a head covering that fit the circumference of their shaved pate.
    At least these are the origin stories that I have heard.

  20. Prima says:

    I thought the Holy Father looked adorable at the audience.

  21. John Enright says:

    “Next time, I’ll wear the beanniecopter. It’ll fly right back!”

  22. Cory says:

    John, wouldn’t it be the beannie boomerang?

  23. It happens to me every time I read anything written by Pope Benedict!

    …except mine is a kamilavka like this…!

    God bless,

    Fr. Deacon Daniel

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