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

(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.

A giant bronze sculpture portraying Pope John Paul II is displayed outside Rome's Termini train Station, Friday, May 20, 2011.
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)
The Vatican is dismayed by a giant new sculpture portraying Pope John Paul II, saying the towering bronze work outside Rome's main train station doesn't even look like the late pontiff.
The Vatican is dismayed by a giant new sculpture portraying Pope John Paul II, saying the towering bronze work outside Rome's main train station doesn't even look like the late pontiff.   (AP Photo/Marco Guerrieri)
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