In honor of the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany as pope, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, we thought it would be fun to join the celebration.

OK, so we can't go to St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, but we can do the next best thing: We can all build pope hats (miters) out of newspaper.

What's a miter? It's the headdress worn by all bishops and bearing the Latin inscription "Vicarius Filii Dei" ("Vicar of the Son of God.") Catholics believe the pope is Christ's vicar, his living representative on Earth.

Using the instructions below, you can make your own replica pope miter. This would be a fun family activity, and could be a jumping off point for teaching your children about the pope. If not, you'll have a funny hat to wear to work on Monday morning.


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