Key chains, bracelets, magnets and stamps with the faces of John XXIII and John Paul II are flooding the streets of Rome leading up to the Vatican. The Eternal City is prepared to receive the pilgrims who are arriving for the canonizations.
Memorabilia of all types and price ranges can be found in souvenir shops leading up to the big event.
"We have been ready for this for the past two months, and we are very happy with how things are going”. FLASH "Piece by piece we have new things coming in, we want to distinguish ourselves by offering new products.”
This new product, a rosary that unites the photos of the three popes in the inside of a heart, is sure to be a best seller.
"The rosary includes Pope Francis because he is presiding over the canonizations. Then, there are the two popes being declared saints, and the four basilicas of Rome. This rosary will serve as a great souvenir to remember the canonization.”
From rosaries contained in bottles, bells, candy and mugs, to scarves, shirts, and pill boxes, pilgrims will be sure to find the perfect gift.
For those who still have extra room in their suitcases, they can also take home silver boxes, statues, and even bronze busts of the new saints. Shop owners are confident they know what will be in highest demand.
"I think the souvenirs of John Paul II will be very popular because he had a very long pontificate. Many generations grew up with him. He was very loved and followed by many people.”
Souvenirs of all shapes and sizes will serve to remember this unique event in Church history.