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What to Wear to Pope Francis’ Visit to the U.S.

Thousands of people — both Catholics and non-Catholics — are expected to crowd 3 U.S. cities this week during Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States. Pope Francis, the humble and beloved leader of the Roman Catholic Church, has notoriously made the comfortable uncomfortable and the uncomfortable comfortable with his gentle yet firm words on the most pressing issues of our time. Whether on climate change or economic instability or the refugee crisis, His Holiness had addressed major concerns that cross all political, social, and religious boundaries.

The Pope’s visit has inspired me to reflect on both the profound and the practical. This post is about the latter — what do you wear for Pope Francis’ visit? And how can you dress in a way that aligns with your values and beliefs?

1. Pope Francis T-Shirt

Wear your support for His Holiness with Pope Francis-themed apparel inspired by the Notorious B.I.G. hit. Three options are available — regular fit T-shirt, women’s fit T-shirt, and sweatshirt — and are made under socially responsible practices. [1]

100% of the profits from this pithy, papal T-shirt are donated to high-impact nonprofits helping refugees: Save the Children, World Relief, and International Rescue Committee.

Learn more here: www.bit.ly/PopeTeesForRefugees. Use promo code POPEINUS for 10% off.

2. Monkee Genes Pants

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Take pride in your pants from Monkee Genes, the first and only jeans brand to have accreditations from The Soil Association and the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). Monkee Genes are sustainably made from organic and/or vegan textiles under socially responsible conditions.

Learn more about Monkee Genes here. They’re currently have a 30% off sale.

3. Nisolo Shoes

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Pope Francis, the first Jesuit and Latin American pontiff, is a vocal advocate for “the least of these.” With Nisolo shoes, you can count on comfortable shoes to brave the papal crowds while contributing to Latin American artisans’ economic empowerment.

Learn more about Nisolo here. Use this referral code for 10% off.

4. Wild Mantle Hooded Scarf

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Stay warm on these cool autumn days with a Wild Mantle scarf handmade by local artisans from repurposed sweatshirts or hand-dyed wool. Wild Mantle is a social enterprise founded by a StartingBloc Fellow and Philadelphia native, Avi Loren Fox.

Learn more about Wild Mantle here.

5. Better Life Bags

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Carry the necessities in a stylish, custom leather and fabric bag from Better Life Bags. Each bag is handmade by women in the Detroit area who face barriers to employment, including immigrant and refugee women.

Learn more about Better Life Bags here.


[1] For more information about Teespring’s suppliers and their social responsibility policies, check out the websites for Hanes, San Mar, and Gildan.