Philadelphia-inspired Pope Francis t-shirts, baseballs

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With the pope coming to Philadelphia in a few weeks, there are plenty of unique items being created to mark the occasion. (WPVI)

When you attend a big concert or an event, grabbing a souvenir is a great way to remember the moment. And with the pope coming to our area there are plenty of unique items being created to mark the occasion.

You'll find a Philly-fied find inspired by Pope Francis' historic visit to Philadelphia on the shelves at Monkey's Uncle in Doylestown.

"The turning water into wine kind of jumped into my head and knowing that we love water ice - one thing led to another," said Dan Hershberg, President and Owner of Philly Phaithful.

The threads are the kitchy and creative work of homegrown Philly Phaithful.

The apparel company, based in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, wanted to welcome Pope Francis to the "Philavatican" with a sort of South Philly-esque, modern day miracle

"We thought it was a clever little word play so hopefully people will enjoy it," said Herschberg.

In the spirit of the pontiff's message, a portion of the proceeds benefits Broad Street Ministries, all while celebrating the spirit of the Philly people!

"In Philly we kind of do things our own way and we don't care what people tend to think, so to have that kind of attitude in a t-shirt I think people are going to love that," said Derrick Morgan, Co-Owner of Monkey's Uncle.

Emily Wolfson says her one-of-a-kind papal creations are also "unforgetta-ball."

"This is where I painted Pope Francis' face," she said.

The Bala Cynwyd artist and architect has been using baseballs as the canvas for her intricate designs for 20 years now.

And as she closes in on her one millionth Unforgetta-ball, she's painted everything from cities to stadiums, and now, Philadelphia's very special guest.

"I tried to create a nice little rendition of him," said Wolfson.

Her 2015 Pope Francis design sits on a special papal pillow and also salutes both his home country and ours.

"I wanted you to see the two flags, I have the Vatican flag on one side and I have the American flag on the other," said Wolfson.

And she says demand is about as hot as a spot on the parkway.

"These are definitely in limited supply," said Wolfson.

For more information:

Philly Phaithful: http://www.phillyphaithful.com/

Unforgetta-balls: http://www.unforgettaballs.com/

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