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.
The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) June 18, 2015
Screengrab via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube