The Pope's Cologne

It's sure smellier than a commemorative T shirt....In honor of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the U.S., an Ohio company that markets products from monasteries is selling The Pope's Cologne. Sales are "off to a good start," reports Will Keller, a spokesman for Monastery Greetings. The cologne was actually dreamed a couple of years ago by a San Rafael, Calif., doctor, Fred Hass, who copied a cologne recipe he found in the back of a old cookbook that claimed to the private formula of Pope Pius IX (1792-1878). One reviewer has praised the cologne's "floral notes" and its "ancient charm." With Benedict's visit to the U.S. Haas has been trying to think about a way to get him a bottle of the stuff. "He'd probably get a kick out of it," said Haas. "He's a good guy." But forget about buying it during the papal Mass at Nationals Park. The archdiocese says it won't sell it.

By Jacqueline L. Salmon |  March 14, 2008; 11:27 AM ET
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(It's "Hass", not "Haas"; I used to be a patient of his, and his kids went to the same Catholic schools as my sisters and me. Not to mention a Google search shows the correct spelling right and left.)

Posted by: Nick | March 14, 2008 1:28 PM

Let's hope it covers the stench of Cardinals Mahoney and Rivera still hiding a pedophile priest.

Posted by: Roy | March 14, 2008 4:00 PM

Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan have some competition in the cologne department.

Posted by: Tim | March 14, 2008 5:08 PM

Is The Pope's Cologne available to any one in the Pittsburgh area? Where?

Posted by: Marcella | April 20, 2008 2:37 PM

Is The Pope's Cologne available to any one in the Pittsburgh area? Where? my e-mail address is Msr76@ comcast.net

Posted by: Marcella | April 20, 2008 2:41 PM

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