Whenever the Pope goes...well, anywhere, there's going to be a lot of hoopla that arrives with him. As Pope Francis kicks off his first-ever visit to the United States, people have been designing an array of bizarre Papal merchandise to sell, showcase, and cash-in on during the first U.S. papal visit in the last seven years.
Like an international rockstar, people have created a bevy of bootleg Pope-themed T-shirts. This movement is particularly strong in Philadelphia, with T-shirts featuring everything from a praying Pope Francis, to a Philadelphia Eagles-themed Pope Francis logo flip. Perhaps the most unique (or, strangely Philadelphia-relevant) T-shirt is the one debating which cheesesteak is better: Pat's or Geno's.
A photo posted by Pope is Dope Philly (@popeisdopephilly) on Sep 5, 2015 at 6:30am PDT
If none of those T-shirts get your attention, head over to "popeisdopephilly"'s Instagram page; a brand clearly flourishing off the papal visit to The City of Brotherly Love.
But without a doubt, the most bizarre Pope-themed tie-in has to be "The Pope's Cologne"—perfect for when you're fresh out of holy water.
A photo posted by Lalaine ER (@lalaineer) on Sep 21, 2015 at 7:14pm PDT
Of course, the novelties don't stop there; with merchandise spanning everything from baseballs to bobbleheads.
It's Pope week in Philly! I have only 19 balls left! Started with 150, and then the run will be retired. Don't wait if you need one! ❤️Unforgettaballs.com❤️ #baseball #unforgettaballs #popefrancis #papalvisit #philly #phillies #yankees #mets #astros #dodgers #kcroyals #sfgiants #bluejays #washingtonnationals #nats #cardinals #astros #baseballmom #popefrancisph #monday #softball #braves #indians #orioles #baseballs #baseballmo
A photo posted by Emily M Wolfson (@unforgettaballs) on Sep 21, 2015 at 9:39am PDT
A video posted by Scott Stein (@getscots) on Aug 31, 2015 at 4:57am PDT
We're not really sure if the notably modest Pope Francis would approve of people cashing in on his likeness, but hey—*pops Popecorn*.
THE POPE IS COMING! We've joined in the #Pope fun and invite you to try out our Dulce de Leche "Pope Corn"! Available at Rittenhouse Farmers Market, Artisan Exchange, the Foodery in Northern Liberties and MoJo's Store in South Philly! #popefrancis #popephilly #hescoming #popecorn #phillypopcorn #papalvisitph #popefrancisph #farmersmarket #blessed
A photo posted by MoJo's Pop Co (@mojospopco) on Sep 19, 2015 at 7:46am PDT