Move over Superman. It's time for ... 'Superpope'

ROME Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:09am EST

1 of 6. A priest and a nun walk by a large drawing of Pope Francis depicting him as a superhero on a wall near the Vatican January 29, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis may already be a hero to the world's downtrodden but at least one pop artist thinks he's more than that. Move over Superman, it's time for Superpope.

A large painting has appeared on a building near the Vatican showing the Argentine pope taking off into the air, his right fist clenched ahead of him in classic Superman style.

His white cape and cross flutter in the breeze and in his left hand he carries a black briefcase bearing the word "valores," Spanish for values.

A scarf bearing the blue and red colors of his favorite Argentine soccer club, San Lorenzo, emerges from the bag.

But unlike Superman, who disguises himself as reporter Clark Kent, Francis is clearly identifiable and flies with his glasses on.

In the lore of the comic book hero, later a star of radio, television and film, Superman fought a "never-ending battle" for truth and justice. Francis has vowed to eliminate corruption in the Vatican and bring the 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church closer to the poor.

The artwork, which has been pasted to the wall, is signed "Maupal 2014".

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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Comments (16)
BigRocket wrote:
Back in the day, the liberal media blasted the Roman Catholic Church, and rightly so, over reports of child molestation. But now that the new pope is all about social justice and free handouts, suddenly the liberal media could not stop worshiping him. And this newfound worship for the pope often comes from those who reject the existence of God. That’s a whole lot of ironies and double standards there. A true Christian worships God, not man.

Jan 29, 2014 10:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
reallyreality wrote:
BigRocket what do you want? Not sure how the new pope is all about free handouts – other than that charity is, ahem, a christian value; or why you have a problem with the liberal media covering the new pope, a MAN who seems to be PROACTIVELY demonostrating by example things such as eschewing [the true irony and double standard that is] the excesses of the catholic church. Your comment has no point.

Jan 29, 2014 11:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
reallyreality wrote:
BigRocket what do you want? Not sure how the new pope is all about free handouts – other than that charity is, ahem, a christian value; or why you have a problem with the liberal media covering the new pope, a MAN who seems to be PROACTIVELY demonostrating by example things such as eschewing [the true irony and double standard that is] the excesses of the catholic church. Your comment has no point.

Jan 29, 2014 11:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
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