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Pope Benedict merchandise for sale--but no one is buying

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A commemorative coin featuring Pope Benedict XVI sells for $2.25 at the Long Island Catholic Supply store in Roosevelt Field Mall. ***Please note small file size: 1119 pixels by 867 pixels*** (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)

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Books by and about the current pontiff, including "We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI" by Matthew Bunson, sit neglected on a shelf at the Long Island Catholic Supply store in Roosevelt Field Mall. (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)

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Plaques depicting Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus Christ and Mary sell for $12.99 each at the Long Island Catholic Supply store in Roosevelt Field Mall. (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)

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Prayer cards featuring Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II are for sale at the Long Island Catholic Supply store in Roosevelt Field Mall. (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)

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A video interview with Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, is on sale for $12.50, down from $16.99, at the Long Island Catholic Supply store in Roosevelt Field Mall. (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)

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Kristine Leonard, a manager at the Long Island Catholic Supply store in Roosevelt Field Mall, sells very few items relating to Pope Benedict XVI. (Nicholas Hirshon/CNS)

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Almost two years into Pope Benedict XVI’s tenure, merchandise bearing his likeness is barely selling--and businesses that thrived while John Paul II was pope are worried.


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