Why does the pope change his name?

Answer After a new pope has been elected, he will change his name from his given name to a new papal name. This is a longstanding tradition in the Catholic church, but many people are unaware of how it be... Read More »

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Does the pope wear Prada?

Pope Benedict XVI, the former Joseph Ratzinger, wears Prada leather loafers. His appearance in red Prada loafers and Gucci sunglasses sparked a media blitz in December 2005 due in part to his contr... Read More »

Does the pope wear a yamaka?

No, the pope does not wear a yamaka (yarmulke). The white, skull cap worn by the pope is called a zucchetto. It is also referred to as a submitrale because it lies under the mitre, the larger hat w... Read More »

Why does the pope wear a yarmulke?

The pope's beanie resembles a yarmulke, but this is a word with Yiddish, Polish and Ukrainian origins that is used to describe the skullcap worn by Orthodox and Conservative Jewish males--not the p... Read More »

What does the pope wear to sleep?

The current pope is Pope Benedict XVI. He was elected as the the Roman Catholic church's 265th pope on April 19, 2005, after the death of Pope John Paul. Pope Benedict, like many popes before him, ... Read More »