WYD organisers urge youth to avoid "tacky" souvenirs
Young people will not only be the ones blessed by the Pope's visit to Australian shores, as souvenir manufacturers are set rake in the money with a barrage of merchandise expecting to hit stores.
However, World Youth Day organisers have urges pilgrims to steer clear of "tacky" paraphernalia during the July celebrations.
The Sun-Herald reports unofficial items already on offer overseas include "popener," a bottle opener graced with a picture of the Pope, papal beer, Vatican bread, papal nutcrackers, teddy bears and a cake called "slice of Ratzinger".
Other items include "Papa-Ratzi" T-shirts, mobile phone attachments, and lights featuring photos of the Pope.
A spokeswoman for Global Brands, responsible for the official merchandise, hopes the company's range of products satisfies pilgrims wanting a memento of the occasion.
"There has been incredibly high demand for papal-related products already," she said.
"There will also be stamps and commemorative coins, costing up to $1750 for an ounce gold $100 coin.
"Australia Post have released special issue papal stamps as well as coins from the Perth Mint."
The commemorative coins are issued as legal tender and organisers are confident the mementos will be snapped up quickly.
Pope to answer shops' prayers (Sun-Herald 10/02/08)
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