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Pope's Chocolate Easter Egg: 500-Pound Gift Donated To Juvenile Detention Center

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This picture released by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on Wednesday April, 4, 2012 shows Pope Benedict XVI, second from left, being presented by an Italian chocolate maker with a two-meter chocolate Easter egg, weighting some 250 kilograms prior to his weekly general audience at the Vatican. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)
This picture released by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on Wednesday April, 4, 2012 shows Pope Benedict XVI, second from left, being presented by an Italian chocolate maker with a two-meter chocolate Easter egg, weighting some 250 kilograms prior to his weekly general audience at the Vatican. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

VATICAN CITY -- The Easter Bunny has arrived early at the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI was presented Wednesday with an enormous, 250-kilogram (550-pound), 2.2-meter (7.2-foot) tall chocolate Easter egg by Italian chocolatier Tosca, which specializes in oversized cocoa confections.

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said Benedict plans to donate the egg, which features the papal coat of arms, to a juvenile detention center in Rome.

In Italy, children traditionally receive a big chocolate egg with a prize inside on Easter Sunday.

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