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Pope Francis Receives Sombrero Ahead of Mexico Visit

Pope Francis wears a traditional Mexican sombrero hat he received as a gift by a Mexican journalist aboard the plane during Friday's flight from Rome
Image: Pope Francis Sombrero
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A Mexican journalist aboard Pope Francis' flight from Rome to Havana on Friday gave the pontiff a traditional Mexican sombrero. The pope will visit Mexico for a week-long trip.

The pontiff stopped in Cuba for a historical meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill that the Vatican sees as a historic step in the path toward healing the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity.

A man rests next to an image of Pope Francis ahead of the arrival of the pontiff, in Mexico City on Feb. 12.Pedro PARDO / AFP - Getty Images