The media in the US have been scrambling for “papal” and “Catholic” news stories in the lead-in to Pope Francis’ American visit (September 22 – 27).
With headlines like “Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican” and “As Pope visit nears, U.S. Catholic Church faces financial strain,” the press is telling us all about Catholic, and specifically “American Catholic” things (the American Cardinal Burke figures prominently in that first headline, from WaPo). In the weeks to come, we will probably be treated to human interest stories on what the Holy Father will be eating, and who got to snap selfies with the Vicar of Christ. Local papers will interview people who traveled from hither and yon to get a glance of the First Pope from the Americas™. It will all be great fun.
As a serious contribution to the online cacophonous buzz, we offer the following graphic, which I asked our graphic designer to make for us:
And see where the custom URL in the graphic takes you: