LEGO Popemobile, ‘paper pope’ and more in Washington Archdiocese videos

WASHINGTON– The Archdiocese of Washington released the third  in a series of educational, humorous Youtube videos on Friday, in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to D.C. on Sept. 23 and 24.

The lighthearted videos are meant to encourage curious viewers to further explore the Catholic faith.

The first video, titled “Interrogation Style,” features Father Mario Majano, of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Takoma Park, Md. Father Majano “interrogates” young Catholics about all the attention Francis is getting prior to his visit. The video spoofs famous crime shows as Majano attempts to get to the bottom of Francis’ superstar treatment.

A second video features Father Michael Paris of the University of Maryland’s Catholic Student Center. Father Paris hits the streets of D.C. with a life-sized “paper pope” cardboard cutout of Francis. In “Priest on the Street,” Paris stops passersby to get their thoughts on the upcoming visit.

The third video, released Friday night, shows a LEGO priest, voiced by Father Matthew Fish, as he goes through a list of things to do in preparation for Francis’s visit. The stop-motion video directs viewers to get to know Francis, and to pray early and often, as the saying goes.

You can watch all the videos on the Washington Archdiocese Youtube channel. The fourth video in the series will be released later in the week. It will feature Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxillary bishop of Washington, in a sitcom-style dinner party– Pope-themed, of course.


Questions about the upcoming papal visit? WTOP’s Megan Cloherty has a list of FAQs with information on public events, changes to public transportation, traffic and more. For WTOP’s coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to D.C. visit the Pope  Francis’ 2015 U.S. Visit page.

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