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Stephen Colbert shows off all the ridiculous Pope Francis merchandise you can get in New York

The pope hates capitalism, but capitalists love the pope.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Sep 25, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 10:13 pm CDT

Pope Francis has arrived in New York, and while some residents see this as a traffic nightmare, merchandisers see an opportunity.

Stores are celebrating the once-in-a-lifetime occasion by creating and selling as much Francis merchandise as possible. You can easily buy shirts, medallions, and hats marking his visit. But that’s not all. As Stephen Colbert showed his Late Show audience on Thursday night, there’s also a life-size cardboard cutout of Francis, pizza with his face on it, and a “postcard-sized tray of fine porcelain with real gold rim” featuring one of Francis’ tweets.

No, we’re not making this up.

By the way, if that porcelain plate doesn’t contain this tweet, we’ll be very disappointed.

Screengrab via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 25, 2015, 8:50 am CDT