Pope John Paul II Immortalized by This?
Vatican newspaper says statue is a travesty
By Sarah Whitmire, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 1:45 PM CDT
A giant bronze sculpture portraying Pope John Paul II is displayed outside Rome's Termini train Station, Friday, May 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Marco Guerrieri)

(Newser) – The Vatican is not a fan of a new bronze sculpture of John Paul II outside Rome's main train station, reports AP. Artist Oliviero Rainaldi says he depicted the late pontiff opening his cloak to embrace Catholics, but the official Vatican newspaper says it looks instead like a bomb went off. Two passers-by tell AP it looks more like Mussolini.