Today I’ve been in the city of Rome, and the trinket trade is immediately noticeable. Being symbiotically attached to the Vatican City as a remora to a shark (you guess which one is which), there are a lot of papal trinkets around.
Whether it’s in papal postcards, fake marble papal busts or papal bobble-head dolls, two popes’ likenesses are for sale: those of John Paul II and Francis.
Francis is the current pope. John Paul is now three popes ago. Noticeably missing from any souvenir items is the face of a certain Ratzinger, former Pope Benedict. In my trips across the city of Rome today I’ve seen many things. A Benedict bobble head is not among them. Apparently, some infallible inheritors of the keys to God’s Glory are more worthy than others.