Caption contest: Why is Pope Benedict XVI wearing a sombrero?


Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, left, places a Mexican sombrero on the head of Pope Benedict XVI upon his arrival for Mass in Bicentennial Park near Silao, Mexico, on Sunday. (AP)

“I’ve made a lot of trips, but I’ve never been welcomed with such enthusiasm,” he said Sunday. “Now I can understand why Pope John Paul II used to say, ‘I feel like I’m a Mexican pope.’”

We feel like this photo demands our attention. Your challenge: Write a caption and/or vote for captions you like in the comment thread below. Taking those votes and our staff’s opinions into account, we’ll post some of the best in a photo gallery (and update it with more results as they arrive).

Note: Our staff will favor creative, funny and original captions, but most of all we ask that captions be civil and mindful of the beliefs of others. We’ll be more active than normal in moderating the comment thread, so please be respectful.


View Photo Gallery: Pope Benedict XVI will be in Mexico through March 26. This is his first trip to the country, and it will be followed by a visit to Cuba.

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