A Burgeoning Market for Papal Kitsch


Hoodies, t-shirts, aprons—even doggie apparel.In the wake of the “Pope Francis Effect”, all of these items and more are now available in special Pope Francis editions.Britain’s Catholic Herald reports that since the election of Pope Francis, sales are up 20% for papal gear:  clothing, key rings, tea lights, and various papal paraphernalia.  And indeed, Catholics With Attitude, a custom printery which offers t-shirts in the U.K. and right here in the United States, has a large assortment o … [Read more...]

Vatican Releases Free eBook with Benedict XVI’s Messages – New Links

Benedict XVI

Great news this morning from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications!The Pontifical Council has just published an eBook entitled Benedict XVI: World Communications Day Messages.  The free eBook contains the eight messages released during Pope Benedict’s pontificate.  This first digital release is intended as a test of audience interest; if readers take advantage of the digital format, additional titles will be released in the future.According to the Pontifical Council:The off … [Read more...]

Francis on Benedict: “You Cannot Imagine the Humility and Wisdom of the Man”

Francis and Benedict

Pope Francis, in a phone call with his friend and former pupil, journalist Jorge Milia, had some high praise for his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict.Milia recounts the story in an article which appeared in Terre d’America, the blog of Italian journalist Alver Metalli.  Milia reported that the Pope had teased him for sending a long (12-page) letter, and the two had laughed together.  They spoke of many things, including the former pontiff.  When Pope Francis expressed his deep respect for t … [Read more...]