Extension’s Flat Francis image helps build excitement for pope’s visit

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June 24, 2015

A Washington-based editor sizes up a cartoon image of Pope Francis June 24. Catholic Extension created "Flat Francis" to help people welcome the pontiff when he makes his U.S. visit in September. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth) See FLATFRANCIS June 24, 2015.

A Washington-based editor sizes up a cartoon image of Pope Francis June 24. Catholic Extension created “Flat Francis” to help people welcome the pontiff when he makes his U.S. visit in September. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis isn’t going to be visiting the United States until September, but that hasn’t kept the pope from going all around the nation, if only as a simple piece of paper for the time being.

Chicago-based Catholic Extension is helping to build excitement and support for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the United States by creating Flat Francis.

The project takes some inspiration from “The Flat Stanley Project,” which centers on a paper cutout of Flat Stanley, a cartoon drawing based on books of the same name, being photographed with people in numerous locations.

Read more in The Visitor…