Bobblehead dolls, cheese, beers, pizza boxes ... if you can dream it, U.S. companies have probably worked the pope into it.
The entrepreneurial spirit has overcome Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia in advance of the Catholic World Meeting of Families, when more than one million people are expected to see the pope.
“[Philadelphia is] a city with a lot of love, and we are spreading it the best we can,” said Debby Fireman, who created the Pope Toaster, which allows you to toast the image of Pope Francis onto bread. “It is a crazy, exciting time to be in Philadelphia.”
In the City of Brotherly Love, these days you can buy a mozzarella bust of Pope Francis, a bobblehead doll of the pontiff sporting boxing gloves and holding a Philly cheesesteak and a soft pretzel, a plush doll in his likeness and T-shirts that combine Francis with other beloved Philly icons like Rocky Balboa, Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture and baseball’s Phillies.