August 3rd, 2010
02:01 PM ET

Pope shop opens ahead of Benedict's British visit

LONDON, England (CNN) - Pope baseball caps, pope key-rings, pope tote bags, beatification T-shirts and more went on sale Tuesday, as the official online store for Benedict XVI's visit to England and Scotland opened.

Papalvisitstore.com stocks about three dozen items, including customizable T-shirts (20 British pounds, or about $32) and the official souvenir program (10 pounds, or about $16).

Profits from the store will go to cover the cost of the visit, the organizing committee said.

The pope is due to visit Great Britain from September 16-19. It will be the first visit to the country by a pope since John Paul II in 1982.

T-shirt from papalvisitstore.com

The organizing committee for the visit seems concerned about the possibility of pirated memorabilia, warning in its press release: "The appointment of an official merchandiser early on in the project will help to reduce the opportunity for piracy and bootleg memorabilia. Only proceeds from official sales fund the papal visit."

Merchandise will also be available at some of the pope's larger events, visit coordinator Msgr. Andrew Summersgill said.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Europe • Pope Benedict XVI • United Kingdom

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. trevor S



    I would like to reply to the person who wrote the following article>>>

    We christian will continue to support the church and the pope, there are many who have wish for the death of the church, including, hitler,stalin, the communist, and look what happen to them. Those who hate the church will eventually become a memory like those in the past who wish the death of the Catholic Church We do not need your support there is a billion of us ready to support the church. We do not need your evil money..............................

    In reply, first and foremost, there is anything but a billion people who profress to be catholic that actually 'saw the inside of a catholic church; or (the confession box); secondly, you state that 'there are those who wish the death of the Catholic church" and "they are evil and 'you' do not need their money"; HITLER was a catholic, Stalin was a communist (orthodox) which, is a 'branch of the original catholic church; both these "leaders" robbed, murdered, and so forth, their own people; and other nations sons, Daughters, and so forth, (but, no where in history books, since the ending of the 2nd ww, did any POPe 'publicly condemn these barbarious acts; Even Ratzinger, (present POPE) admitted, he was a member of the NAZI YOUTH; (which, I remind yu, that the USArmy (found itself fighting/killing etc) in ww2; Ratzinger, himself, covered up the abuse (of THOUSANDS Of CHILDREN)...all over the world.......with threat of excommunication, to (those who would dare to expose this problem from within)....Imagine that!.......now, as the law stands...no matter what country yu come from, the law is very clear....as was GODS 10 COMMANDMENTS...one being (THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY).....adultery....to coin a phrase, renders one to ask..since when are children under 18 (the legal age in Ireland) adults?.............I was born a catholic....abused by members of that faith.....so, I take it, that you assume "I" too wish the death of the Catholic church? ................er, the cathokic church IS DEAD......it killed itself from within......due to ineptness, cover up, and so forth; this is just a thought.....when JC walked the earth (2 thousand years ago)......apparently,........and (I) having been brought up a catholic.....heard their services/sermons and so forth....never have I heard, it claimed, or preached by religious people, etc, that JC had proclaimed himself a DIPLOMAT....with the immunities that come attached to that "incestuous priveledge; "for he who would harm a child, shall he/she have a millstone thrown around his neck and be cast out into the sea; regretfully, it is the chidlren/adults/children that have been abused, that are 'cast aside' by ROME; now......I dont want money...............be it, from non believers, athiests, or from Rome.....because, (the church has not/will not, turn me into a 21st century judist) ; Slan;

    September 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  2. Erin

    Pope Benedict warned the bishops of the "irregular and dangerous situation" of divorced and remarried Catholics.

    “Only the first marriage exists”, he said, "there is no husband and wife in a second marriage, rather they are a man and woman living in adultery.”

    If people today would examine the Scriptures they would discover that MARRIAGE IS FOR LIFE.

    “Everyone who puts away his wife and takes another, is a false husband and he who is married to a woman whose husband has put her away, is no true husband to her.” Bible in Basic English - Luke 16:18

    After he takes another wife he becomes a FALSE husband to the second wife and the man who takes the woman who was put away by her husband is NOT her true husband.


    August 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  3. Marty

    Please pray for Catholics [my I was born into is still] that God will open their minds and hearts to His truth and that truth shall set them free.
    Constantine integrated paganism into Christianity ,...read the history people,..Christians of that time were Messianic Jews.
    Peter is not the rock that Jesus builds His Church on but He [Jesus] is,...having faith on Him no thing on earth / in heaven can take you away from,...Jesus is mentioned as Rock in Psalms as well.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
    • Marty

      my family I was born into are still* pray for them in Jesus Christ most Holy name. God bless

      August 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  4. perano

    if he (the Pope) is using his own "image" surely he is breaking the church laws on idolatry? Of course Jesus may have to share the stage nowadays i would not know as my escape from Christian/catholic binding was so long ago.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  5. guster

    Why so much hate? Because it makes some people feel better about themselves if they can lash out against others. It is an age old practice.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  6. chris

    why so much hate...?

    August 4, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  7. greg

    The pope would be better spending his time handing over the rapists he is hiding in the vatican to the proper authorities.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:29 am |
  8. sweety pie

    Nothing against the Pope. Why did He approve the New-Catechomunate movement, that is absolutely not good. He did not know anything about it. there is so much unknown of the rituals and rules of it. Anyone knows what the poor members got into? Please people do something about it !!!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 5:56 am |
  9. DangerMouse

    ....in the name of religious freedom!

    August 4, 2010 at 3:53 am |
  10. St Cuthbert

    ...and Pope Live! – the 'Payin for Past Perversions' tour roles into town. Sponsored by Vatican city and the British Taxpayer....


    August 4, 2010 at 3:50 am |
  11. DangerMouse

    In the name of Humanity!

    August 4, 2010 at 1:45 am |
  12. peace2all


    Hey priyath..... what are you trying to say exactly...? And the Lord said:.."Ye shall know them by their bad spelling and mean spiritedness."

    August 4, 2010 at 1:42 am |
  13. TheRationale

    Well since they kill so many of their followers with AIDS, it's no wonder they have to find alternative sources of income.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  14. Ale

    I'd like to see him frog-marched into the Old Bailey.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Northern

    Commercialized religion. What a joke. As if Religion wasn't already retarded enough.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  16. Teagan

    People shouldnt be so cynical...

    Even the Devil needs something to wear on wash-day.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  17. Nicolas Uribe

    By the way, Atheist Activist Richard Dawkins will try to get the Pope arrested as soon as he steps on British soil, for aiding and abetting pedophile priests. I doubt he'll get anywhere, but let's wish him luck!

    August 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
    • DangerMouse

      I whoosh him much luck. (whoooosh!)

      August 4, 2010 at 2:59 am |
  18. andrew

    Well the church is a business and will all the payouts for the families of rape victims they probably need it.

    August 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
    • peace2all


      Darn, I forgot about that one....... Yep, I take it back, the RCC is in such a poor financial bind that they need all the help they can.


      August 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  19. peace2all

    ......"PROFITS from the store will go towards the COST of the visit from the POPE.."

    Gee wiz....... the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church don't have the funds to ... fund the 'visit' from his holiness the big P... to Great Britain...?

    ".... and the concern for 'pirated memorabilia'.....?!!!! Really....?

    You have got to be kidding me...!!!!!

    Where do I log on again, so I can send my money to fund the big P's visit...?

    This one takes it...... just sayin'......


    August 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  20. Reality

    And the con game and profiteering continue!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
    • peace2all


      Ahhhhh Reality..... You 'just' beat me to the post..!!! 🙂


      August 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
    • juanp

      We christian will continue to support the church and the pope, there are many who have wish for the death of the church, including, hitler,stalin, the communist, and look what happen to them. Those who hate the church will eventually become a memory like those in the past who wish the death of the Catholic Church We do not need your support there is a billion of us ready to support the church. We do not need your evil money

      August 4, 2010 at 10:19 am |
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