Pope Innocent VII in a camauroDerivation

  • Latin: camelaucum, from the Greek kamelauchion = camel skin hat


Cap traditionally worn by the pope. Camauros are red with white ermine trim, and are worn in place of the biretta of lower orders of clergy. The camauro is thought to represent the headgear of the “armour of God”. It has been part of the papal wardrobe since the 12th century. For a while it was worn by cardinals, though without the ermine trim, but in 1464 it was restricted to the pope with cardinals wearing the scarlet zucchetto instead. The papal camauro fell into disuse after the death of Pope John XXIII in 1963, but Pope Benedict XVI wore one in December 2005.

MLA Citation

  • “camauro”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 May 2017. Web. 13 June 2021. <>