Pope Francis’ US visit is an exciting moment in history for Catholics. Pope Francis will arrive in the US on September 22, and his visit will last through September 27. During his time in the US, the Pope will spend time in Washington, DC, New York, and Philadelphia. Catholics in these cities are particularly excited to have a chance to glimpse the Pope in his first visit to the United States.
If you’re excited for the Pope’s first visit to the US, here are some great shirts, bobbleheads, holy cards, and other items to commemorate this historic event. Whether you’re looking for a keepsake, or a great shirt to wear when the Pope visits your city, there’s something interesting on our list that will appeal to US Catholics who love Pope Francis. You can also shop Amazon’s Pope Francis page for even more great ideas.
1. Good Shepherd Pectoral Cross Crucifix Pendant
Pope Francis’ choice of cross has gotten him a lot of attention. Most of the past Popes have chosen to wear a pectoral cross made from gold, and sometimes even encrusted with jewels. In contrast, Pope Francis wears a relatively simple cross made from silver, featuring the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. This replica cross is designed to look just like the one Pope Francis wears, but it is made from an affordable, silver-toned metal so anyone can afford it.
2. Pope Francis Bobblehead
Philly Catholics, this is the collectible for you. This bobblehead is the official bobblehead of the Pope’s USA visit to Philadelphia, and the official bobblehead of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The box has a collectible design, and the design incorporates interesting facts and biographical information about Pope Francis. This bobblehead measures eight inches tall.
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Price: $23.95 (4 percent off MSRP)
3. Pope Francis Shirts
If you are planning to attend an event where the Pope will be present, you might want to buy a new shirt for the occasion. While some people prefer to be dressed formally when in presence of the Pope, other people may want to wear a graphic tee so they stand out from the crowd. Either of these two shirts would be a nice choice for Pope Francis supporters. If you want a funny shirt, try this “The Pope is dope” t-shirt instead.
Price: $5-$16.95, depending on size and style selected
4. ‘The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis’
If you want to become more familiar with Pope Francis before his visit, this book sheds some light on the Pope’s beliefs about family life. You can browse other books written by Pope Francis here.
Price: $18.65 for the hardcover edition (19 percent off MSRP)
5. Pope Francis Lifesize Cutout Standee
Can’t get access to any of the Pope’s sold-out events during his US tour? Bring the Pope into your home with this cool cutout. It is professionally mounted on art-quality gatorfoam, and can be folded for easy transport. If you want a cutout with a little more personality, you can get this “thumbs up” Pope instead.
6. Pope Francis Praying Vinyl Wall Graphic
If you want to decorate your home in honor of the Pope’s visit, this vinyl wall graphic is a nice option that’s made in the USA. It’s made from re-positionable matte vinyl, so you can easily remove it from the wall and place it in a different room.
7. ‘National Geographic Readers: Pope Francis’
Want to get your kids excited about the Pope’s visit? This kid-friendly biography from National Geographic makes learning about the Pope fun and accessible. This kid’s book has been carefully leveled for an early independent reading or read aloud experience, so even young kids can enjoy it.
8. Official Pope Francis First Visit to the USA September 2015 Commemorative Holy Cards
These holy cards are made in Italy, and are designed to celebrate the Pope’s first visit to the US. The cards are four inches long, and about two and a half inches wide.
Price: $9.95 for a set of 10
9. Commemorative Us Special Edition ‘Pope Francis: His Journey to America’
This magazine will tell you everything you need to know about Pope Francis. It’s also a nice commemorative item to keep, and share with your kids or grandkids someday.
10. Pope Francis DVD
Pope Francis will definitely be dominating the news cycle during his trip to the US. On those rare occasions when he’s not featured on live TV, you can watch this biographical DVD about his life. Pope Francis is a historic Pope, famous for being the first Pope from Latin America, and the first Jesuit elected to the Holy See. This DVD is a great way to educate yourself, or your kids.
Price: $8.45 (44 percent off MSRP)
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