Hat tip to the American Papist ... literally. LOL. I got a pleasant suprise when I first looked at Thomas' blog: Our Holy Father in his papal cowboy hat. Actually it is a Saturno. You can read more about the Saturno at the American Papist's article.
Other people have noted that Pope Benedict is the first to bend the brim of the hat. They are calling it the "cowboy" style of saturno. :-)I was just hoping that this was an announcement that the pope was coming to visit Texas!
I love how Pope Benedict has such a great appreciation for the more traditional vestments and ceremonies.
(As always you can click to embiggen)
Too bad this picture of Pope John Paul II is just a photoshop.