Thursday 23 March 2017

Pope Francis wax figure causes confusion in New York

Pope Francis addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York REUTERS/Mike Segar
Pope Francis addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York REUTERS/Mike Segar

A publicity stunt featuring a life-size wax figure of Pope Francis appearing to wave from the back of a convertible caused some confusion before the real pontiff showed up in New York.

Officials at Madame Tussauds New York revealed their wax pope on Thursday, showing the white-robed figure off around Manhattan in a popemobile-like car hours before Francis' plane arrived

But spokeswoman Hillary Karsten said a surprised onlooker called police after mistakenly believing the figure was actually the pope.

She said police officials contacted Madame Tussauds to make sure their pope was in fact wax.

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