Mickey Mouse Hat Doesn't Get Pope's Blessing

Youth Day gift from Disney fans can't lure Benedict into photo op
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 2:09 PM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI is not wearing a mouse hat in this photo. Sadly.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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(Newser) – Photographers, children and Disney executives were sorely disappointed this morning when Pope Benedict refused to don a black Mickey Mouse hat, complete with ears, in place of his usual white skullcap. A group from Orange County, Calif., presented Benedict with the getup during World Youth Day festivities in Australia, Reuters reports, but the pontiff politely passed the headgear to aides.