Wow Pope Francis receives Special Hat from Australian Bishops during their Ad Limina Visit
Pope Francis had a meeting with 38 Australian bishops on June 24, 2019 as part of their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit. The bishops gave a gift to the Holy Father – an Akubra hat. The pope exclaimed, "An Australian hat. The pope is Argentinian, but with an Australian hat." "Thank you." "It looks very good." The reception was very joyful with the Australian bishops. A group of children sent a colorful letter to the pope.
Msgr. Bosco Pathur, from the Syro- Malabar community, from the Eastern-Syrian rite, in communion with the Church of Rome, also attended the meeting. Since Pope Francis' English isn't very good, he spoke in Italian. “To celebrate the Eucharist at the tomb of Peter and then to engage in pastoral dialogue with his successor was a unique and grace-filled way to start our week in Rome,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said.