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.

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May 21, 2011 5:39 AM CDT
At least you'll be able to stand in there to get out of the rain.
May 21, 2011 5:29 AM CDT
Their putting up statues to this guy because why? Oh! Because he kept so many priests out of jail by ignoring their sexual predation on children.
May 20, 2011 3:17 PM CDT
He was a scum bag just like the other popes before him (See: The Legion of Christ),