CHICAGO (CBS) — Pope Francis won’t be visiting Chicago on his trip to the U.S., so many people have been making do with a drawing of him as “Flat Francis.”
A nearly four-foot-high cardboard version of the cartoon drawing Flat Francis was at Daley Plaza for a couple hours Tuesday morning. Flat Francis was the idea of the Catholic Extension Society, an organization that raises money for some of the poorest communities and dioceses in the U.S.
Catholic Extension Society president Rev. Jack Wall said he got a big belly laugh out of Pope Francis a few weeks ago in Rome, after showing him the cartoon drawing.
“His ability to connect to the humor of it is just him. He’s a guy who keeps on telling us that the gospel is about joy, and the joy of the gospel, and he absolutely lives that,” Wall said.