July 18, 2008 / 7:43 AM / 10 years ago

Kids give pope Mickey Mouse cap

Pope Benedict XVI (C) arrives at an inter-faith meeting in St. Mary's cathedral during World Youth Day in Sydney July 18, 2008. REUTERS/William West/Pool

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, who generally wears a white skull cap known as a “zuchetto”, was given a Mickey Mouse cap with ears on Friday.

But, to the disappointment of photographers who would have had a field day with such a shot, he did not try it on.

A group of young people from Orange County, California — where Disneyland is located — gave the pope the black cap while they were lunching with him during World Youth Day festivities.

They also gave him a California Angels baseball and a stress ball.

According to the young people who briefed reporters about the private lunch, the pope smiled and squeezed the stress ball but passed the Mickey Mouse cap to his aides.

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