Are any of you participating in any of the events connected with Pope Francis’ upcoming visit? I know you all know, but just in case: Ten days til he’s here!!! He’s arriving September 22 in Washington DC; traveling to New York City on September 25; heading back down to Philadelphia on September 26; and leaving America for Rome on the 27th (full itinerary here). What I wouldn’t give to meet that man! And how blessed we are to have him walking on our soil!
The Catholic Company has some amaaazing (and, honestly, some of them are hilarious) Pope-visit-themed items that I was drooling and laughing over the other day. Like this one:
Ahahaha! I love that man! There are a lot of other great t-shirts too — I love this one (Jesus [IHS] [which is the Jesuit symbol] and il Papa at the same time!):
And some good ol’ patriotism — our Pope and our flag. God bless America.
Then there are these:
It even has its own hashtag: #WhereIsPopeBobblehead! haha! It’s a nice little conversation piece especially in a secular environment (like work) where a little humor can be a great evangelizing tool. This one too:
I also loved these:
(I love that Our Lady under this title is a special devotion of his)
There are a couple great things for kids:
(I just need to note that when my oldest, who has always said he wants to be a priest, was about to make his First Holy Communion, he was flipping through the Catholic Company catalog and saw a similar bear as this but the Holy Communion version and fell in love with it and requested it as a First Communion gift. When he received it, he named it Benedict, and it’s still got a place of honor in his room.)
(This will be on my children’s Christmas list)
(We have this and I love it)
There are so many great things! And I haven’t even really gotten into the publications (books, pamphlets, etc.)! Like his encyclicals Light of Faith: Lumen Fidei and Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, or the intriguing Pope Francis: Life in His Own Words, or the much-needed Pope Francis Speaks to Families. And so meaningful to have them connected, actually or emotionally, to his most likely once-in-a-lifetime visit to our country. Viva il Papa!! ❤
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