A pleased-looking Pope Benedict XVI has been presented with a colourful, two-metre high Easter egg weighing 250 kilograms as Catholics and other Christians prepare to celebrate Easter.
The egg, made by Italian chocolate maker Tosca, was unveiled in a Vatican courtyard. The brilliant yellow and blue wrapper was decorated with the Pope’s coat of arms, wreathes of flowers and doves – the symbol of peace.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church, who will be 85 later this month, will not be cracking open the egg himself, but will give it to young offenders in Rome’s Casal del Marmo institute, which he visited in 2007, according to the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.
Tosca, based in the northern town of Cremona, is known for its oversized delicacies.