Pope Francis Scores Rolling Stone Cover
Plus: Rome graffiti shows him as Superman
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 29, 2014 6:20 AM CST
Pope Francis appears on the cover of Rolling Stone.   (rollingstone.com)

(Newser) – Pope Francis, pop culture icon? So it seems. He's the 266th pope to hold his job—but the first to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, NDTV notes. The magazine's article, by Mark Binelli, calls Francis "a man whose obvious humility, empathy and, above all, devotion to the economically disenfranchised has come to feel perfectly suited to our times." One interesting passage from the profile:

  • "Even simple gestures, like Francis' rejection of the papal palace, went beyond mere symbolism. 'The main reason he didn't want to live there mostly had to do with autonomy,' says a Vatican clergyman who has worked closely with multiple popes. 'In the palace, they can control what gets to you.' ... While past popes maintained detailed public schedules, Francis handwrites his own agenda in a private datebook. 'This is unheard of,' a senior Vaticanisti who wishes to remain anonymous tells me."

Meanwhile, the pontiff is making an appearance as Superman on the streets of Rome. An anonymous piece of graffiti shows the caped Francis, fist forward, flying toward the viewer. On his black bag is written the word "values" in Spanish. It seems the Vatican approves of the image: The Pontifical Council for Social Communications tweeted the image with the note, "We share with you graffiti found in a Roman street near the Vatican."

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OrneryPup
Feb 2, 2014 4:15 PM CST
"Gonna see my smilin' face on the cover of The Rolling Stone" Dr Hook and The Medicine Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqpK9lUTVXs
OrneryPup
Feb 2, 2014 4:12 PM CST
I like this guy. And NOT because he made the cover of the rolling stone. He's just the right guy for the job in myriad ways. The last one, that quit, was an old grouch. Ha, I'm not EVEN Catholic and I like him.
clarenccharlie
Jan 30, 2014 11:17 PM CST
Let all help the kids, pope, victim in all country let find a way to sabotage the mafia let start now must be 100 of legal way. help me think of a few report their hidden property. inform on their drug shipment .their hidden money their mafia connection you think of more legal way to sabotage let start now or do we wait till more people get killed or do we care it only our country & people let fight more honest people hate mafia some are scared but I feel 95%OF THE PEOPLE HATE CRIME FIGGURE SO WE ARE STRONGER END THE MAFIA LIFE STYLE