When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on Monday, we flew into high gear here at World Library Publications and the J.S. Paluch Paluch Company. As you know, WLP is the music and liturgy division of J.S. Paluch, the largest parish bulletin printer in the United States. We decided to print a commemorative flyer honoring the papacy of Benedict XVI, with a photo on one side and a biography (in English and in Spanish) on the other side. We are currently printing these and they will be sent to every J.S. Paluch bulletin parish throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The total number of complimentary flyers we are printing is 2,527,225.
I just spent some time in our printing plant here in Franklin Park, one of three J.S. Paluch printing plants in the United States. Our plants in Florida and California are hard at work printing these flyers for millions of Catholics throuhgout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Here is a close-up of the flyer itself:
Here is a video of the printing process. We print these "four-over-one," which means four color (photograph) on one side of the sheet (with four images printed on the sheet) over one color (black) for the text printed four times on the back of the sheet. I find this stuff fascinating. I apologize that the Youtube process includes a frame (not of my choosing, obviously) at the end of each video that offers other Youtube videos that include ones that are in very poor taste; I will try to figure out how to get rid of these in the future.
Here are the four images stacked up, they will then be cut by a huge knife and then stacked again individually.
Here they are coming off another of our presses: