Should women wear veils?

My son recently saw a woman at mass wearing a head veil. We looked up the bible verse in 1 Corinthians regarding that. He wanted to know if it was required for women to wear head veils in the past & if so, when did it become optional & why?

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The Vatican and women’s head coverings

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