5 Apr 2012

Pope given large Easter egg

6:45 am on 5 April 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has been presented with a two-metre high Easter egg weighing 250kg.

The egg, made by Tosca, was unveiled in a courtyard at the Vatican. The yellow and blue wrapper was decorated with the Pope's coat of arms, wreathes of flowers and doves - the symbol of peace.

L'Osservatore Romano says the pope will give it to young offenders in the Casal del Marmo institute in Rome, which he visited in 2007.

Tosca, a chocolate maker based in the northern town of Cremona, is known for its oversized delicacies.

The company gave the town a 1000kg panettone, a traditional Italian Christmas cake, on New Year's Eve in 1999.