The Child of Prague, a statuette revered by Roman Catholics around the world, is set to receive a gift from Pope Benedict XVI when he visits the Czech Republic in two weeks’ time. The pontiff is set to place a new gold crown on the statuette when he visits Prague’s Church of Our Lady Victorious at the start of a three-day stay. The clothing on the Child of Prague is regularly changed; it is reported to have around 100 outfits, many of which have been donated by worshippers. Pope Benedict is also going to serve large open-air masses at Stará Boleslav in Bohemia and the Moravian capital Brno during a visit which runs from September 26 to 28.
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