The manufacturer, Duross & Langel, notes:
Please forgive this bit of cheek but each bar is hand made with holy water. The money we raise through the sale of these soaps goes to Catholic Social Services Children’s Bureau.
An item in Philadelphia magazine adds:
All proceeds from the sale of these soaps will go to Catholic Social Services. “As a baby I was placed with CSS in foster care and adopted (on the 28th of September!) by the Duross family,” explains D&L owner Steve Duross. “This is not only to honor the Pope’s visit and the World Meeting of Families, but to honor my adopted family as well.”
There are three designs, including the one above—and I have to say, they are really quite pretty. See more. But for washing up? I dunno ’bout that. They strike me as more like holy cards for the sink, more decorative than practical.
At any rate, they’re more appealing than the“Pope on a Rope” that was sold during Pope Benedict’s pontificate: