Zucchetto, small silk skullcap worn by Roman Catholic clergy. Developed from the pileus (see this term), a close-fitting, brimless hat commonly worn by the Romans, the zucchetto has probably been worn by clerics since the 13th century.
These little hat-like caps are called Zucchettos by the clergy (the Italian name for them), and the Pope is the only guy allowed to wear the white one.
So basically it’s a way of showing respect for God. Cardinals and popes, on the other hand, wear zucchettos, which means a little gourd in Italian. (This may be because the panels sewn together resemble the cap, which resembles the dome of a gourd or gourd.)
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The zucchetto is part of the uniform of the Roman Catholic clergy. Its name comes from the Italian zucchetta, the diminutive of zucca – pumpkin or, more broadly, head.
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The triple crown (the tiara) symbolizes the triple power of the Pope as “Father of Kings”, “Ruler of the World” and “Vicar of Christ”. Pictured above is the seal of Vatican City. The golden cross on a monde (globe) above the tiara symbolizes the sovereignty of Jesus.
All ordained members of the Roman Catholic Church are eligible to wear the zucchetto. The color of the zucchetto indicates the rank of the wearer: the pope’s zucchetto is white, the cardinal’s is red or scarlet, the bishops’, territorial abbots’ and territorial prelates’ zucchetto is purple.
The Pope usually wears a white zucchetto to match his white cassock. The most common Anglican design may resemble the Catholic zucchetto or, far more commonly, the Jewish kippah. A form of the zucchetto is worn by Anglican bishops and is used much like that of the Catholic Church.
According to the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, “It used to be the rule that a priest should always wear it when giving absolution at confession, and it is likely that the ancient custom, which requires an English judge, assumes the ‘black cap’ when passing the death sentence is of identical origin.”
Cardinals wear red because they are considered the Pope’s closest advisors and should therefore be willing to shed their blood for the Church and Christ. Purple: Worn during the season of Advent and Lent, purple reflects sadness and sorrow.
The papal tiara is the crown worn by the popes of the Catholic Church for centuries until 1978, when Pope John Paul I declined a coronation, opting instead for an inauguration. The tiara is still used as a symbol of the papacy.