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
Mickey Mouse Hat Doesn't Get Pope's Blessing
Pope Benedict XVI is not wearing a mouse hat in this photo. Sadly.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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. (Read more Pope Benedict XVI stories.)

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