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Why do bishops and cardinals wear skullcaps?

Question:

Why do bishops and cardinals wear skullcaps?

Answer:

The practice of wearing a “zuchetto” (the term for the skullcap worn by bishops) originated with 13th-century monks. They wore the hat to keep their head warm in the winter, since a portion of their head was shaved in a tonsure.

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