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Papa Ratzi told to stop wearing fur

No more velvet ermine-trimmed hats for you!

Animal rights activists in Italy have asked Pope Benedict to stop wearing fur in a sign of respect for the “sacredness of all living species”.

The Pope, who turns 80 on Monday, has been seen over the past winter donning a red velvet hat trimmed with white ermine fur, known as “camauro”.

The hat was commonly worn by popes in the medieval period to keep their heads warm on cold days and it featured on many paintings at the time.

On special occasions, such as official audiences with heads of state, Pope Benedict also wears a red cape trimmed with white fur.

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