Sunday 17 November 2019

Pope's statue 'looks more like Mussolini'

Nick Squires in Rome

A LARGE sculpture of the late Pope John Paul II has come under attack by Romans who believe it looks more like right-wing fascist Benito Mussolini than the popular former pontiff.

The highly abstract sculpture was unveiled this week in the large piazza outside Rome's main railway station, Termini.

With its bald head and beetle brow, Romans were struck more by its resemblance to Mussolini. "How could they have given such a kind Pope the head of a fascist?" said 71-year-old Antonio Lamonica, with his wife calling it "ugly, really ugly".

Antonio Stampete, a Rome councillor, said it was "embarrassing", while The Vatican itself said the Pope's head was "excessively round". (Daily Telegraph, London)

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