Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian film, stage and opera director,
has said Pope Benedict XVI needs a makeover of his "cold" image and "showy" clothes.
Zeffirelli told La Stampa newspaper that the Pope communicated in a cold way that was little suited to what was happening around him.
These are not times for high tailoring in papal vestments, he said.
He contrasted the relaxed attitude of the late Pope John Paul II to his official attire with that of Benedict.
I just wonder quite what Senor Zefferelli might bring with him. I would hope that it is not a preference for style over substance. Perhaps the truth of the matter lies in the second part of the story that Zefferelli is to help Vatican officials combat the growing secularism and downright atheism within contemporary cinema.