As a Catholic, it is this writer’s duty to always be on the lookout for ways to work in references to the Pope in everyday conversation. It’s just what we Catholics do. So, understandably, we were excited to retire the old standard when asked an obvious question: “Do I want to go to the carnival?! Is the Pope Catholic?! Of course I want to go!” with a newer, hipper version that the kids would respond to: “Does the Pope wear Prada?!” That would work, of course, had the speculations that the Pope’s bright red shoes were, in fact, specially designed by the Italian fashion house. Sadly, the rumors that we were in the midst of a “Fashion Pope” came to an end this weekend, as it was confirmed that he isn’t wearing Prada after all, but shoes made by a simple cobbler in Novara, Italy. But while that news is sad, we’re hopeful for something else to come around one day soon. Until then, we’ll just suffer through some good ol’ Irish Catholic guilt for wanting it so badly to be true.
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