By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
1/29/2014 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The Vatican has tweetted a somewhat unorthodox image of the highly popular Pope Francis. Painted on a wall in the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome by artist Mauro Pallotta, the pope is seen flying through the air in "Superman" fashion." Flying forward with his fist raised, the pope, with his crucifix swinging in the wind carries his trademark black bag, with the word "values" written across it, in Spanish, in white letters.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We share with you a graffiti found in a Roman street near the Vatican," the Pontifical Council for Social Communications from the Holy See said on its official Twitter page.
Pope Francis is renowned for disregarding typical security concerns, and regularly plunges into crowds to greet pilgrims. He often uses jokes or stories to spread the values of the Church.
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The 77-year-old Argentine pontiff is a keen Twitter user himself, regularly posting tweets on his own feeds in nine languages, which boast more than 10 million followers in total.
It just wasn't enough that Pope Francis was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" or that he got on the cover this week's Rolling Stone magazine. 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.
However - it would appear that the graffiti of the pope has seemingly disregarded the wider problem of graffiti in general. While graffiti artists have since won accolades by the art world, the illegal practice of "tagging" public places continues to put a large strain on the finances of major cities across the world.
The majority of graffiti is decidedly not artistic. It is usually used to denote areas where criminal gangs operate, and serves as a warning to those outside the neighborhood.
Graffiti is largely an eyesore. The cost of repainting many public structures due to the unlawful use of paint spray cans runs into the millions each year.
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