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Friday 11 July 2014

Vatican graffiti celebrates 'SuperPope' Francis

Published 28/01/2014|23:23

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Graffiti depicting Pope Francis was painted on a wall near St Peter's Square in Rome (AP)

It wasn't enough that Pope Francis was named Time magazine's Person of the Year - or that he fronted this week's Rolling Stone magazine. Now there's SuperPope graffiti sprouting up around the Vatican.

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The white caped crusader appeared on a wall just off Borgo Pio, a tiny cobble-stoned street near St Peter's Square. In typical superhero fashion, Francis' right fist is thrust in the air, leading him in flight, while his left clutches his black satchel. "Valores," or values in Spanish, is written across it.

The artist is identified only as Maupal.

Francis has charmed the masses with his simplicity and message of helping the poor, even as he has cracked down on Vatican waste and corruption.

The Vatican communications office approved of the image, tweeting a photo.

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