Newspaper article Roll Call

Pope Francis Inspires Tchotchkes Galore

Newspaper article Roll Call

Pope Francis Inspires Tchotchkes Galore

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Oh, the papal tchotchkes you'll see!

Are you worried you won't be able to catch a glimpse of the popemobile as it ferries Pope Francis down Pennsylvania Avenue? Fret not. The National Shrine Shops, operators of the gift shop at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception -- just below where the pontiff will celebrate Mass on Wednesday and canonize Junipero Serra -- has for sale a 7-inch model for the low, low price of $99.95!

The "resin/stone mix with metal accents" comes with a "statue reproduction of the Pope waving" and "plays the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah as Pope Francis spins to greet all who have come to see him," so says the National Shrines Shops website.

But wait! That's not all!

Thirty bucks will get you the Pope Francis Medallion, "sculpted and engraved by Don Everhart, an official engraver for the U.S. Mint. The inside features the art of the Basilica's Junipero Serra stained glass window and historical information about this new saint," according to the gift shop website. …

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