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Pope Francis Exchanges Hats with Christendom Student

A Christendom College student exchanged zucchetti—the traditional skullcaps worn by Catholic clerics—with Pope Francis during during a papal audience last month, the College reported.

Junior Peter Deucher was participating in Christendom's Semester in Rome Program when he attended the audience with Pope Francis on December 4.  The College reports:

As Pope Francis passed by, Deucher reached out holding a zucchetto—the white skullcap worn by the Pope.

My fellow students did a great job of protecting our vantage point from the excited crowd," he said. "The Papal guard escorting the vehicle completely ignored the white zucchetto I was holding out for them to hand to the Pope. But thankfully, Pope Francis saw me and stopped the car."

After seeing Pope Francis in person earlier in the semester, Deucher felt compelled to switch hats with him. Every time he saw him during his semester in Rome, he was struck by the Pope's sincerity, simplicity and humility.

Christendom College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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