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This teddy bear T-shirt was sold during the Pope's trip to America in 2008 alongside the fluffy white "Benny Bear" (Photo: CNS)

Where, oh where is the gaudiness (and enthusiasm) we expect from Catholic tat?

The famous Flashing Candle in honour of the Pope's visit to Britain

Some see it as a bit of light-hearted fun, others as a serious distraction from the Gospel

Official papal visit merchandise goes on sale

Rosaries, T-shirts, fridge magnets and an electronic flashing candle are among the items unveiled for Pope’s visit