Pope Impacts Business, Americans Celebrate St. Pat's

March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

March 14, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM EDT

Pope Francis is the first leader of the Catholic Church to come from South America. That is drawing attention to Argentina's startup scene. Pope Francis was previously the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, which ranks in the top forty international cities for startups. A bizjournals report says it was the 23rd most economically powerful city in the world in 2011, with an economic output of $245 billion. It was ranked 22nd for innovation. The report says several tech startups are coming from Argentina.

Ireland will take center stage this weekend. The National Retail Federation says more than 133 million Americans will celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The average person is expected to spend just over $35 on green attire, décor for their home and office, and festive food and drinks. Total spending is expected to grow to $4.7 billion. 84% of people say they will wear green for St. Patrick's Day. 35% will make a special dinner. 27% will celebrate at a bar or restaurant. 23% will decorate their home or office. 20% will go to a private party.