Pope Benedict XVI is making his first visit to the US next week, and the nation’s media seem happy to be distracted from the endgame of the Democratic presidential nomination process. Time‘s excellent cover story this week takes a look at the Pope’s relationship with America, while The New Republic examines the Pope’s stance on immigration (and, of course, what his visit might mean for the presidential race). Still, not everyone is excited about the Pope’s visit — for example, the Rev. John Hagee, a prominent McCain supporter, has called the Catholic Church “the whore of Babylon” (a controversy The New York Times looked into this week). And for the curious, Time also recently had a rundown of what, exactly, will get you sent to hell these days.
Still, the most amusing Pope-related news comes from the Washington Post, which relates the tale of a YouTube video, a Pope bobblehead, a funny hat — and one unhappy Catholic spokeswoman.