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Pope Francis honored with mask

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 01:04

April 17 - Brazilian mask maker produces Pope Francis mask as tribute to the first ever Latin American pope. Sharon Reich reports.

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Pope Francis may be in for a surprise when he heads to Rio de Janeiro in July. He may see a lot of look-a-likes. A Brazilian mask maker is gearing up for the new pontiff's visit on World Day of Youth by creating latex masks based on his likeness. Albert Paris is overseeing the mask production and hopes the Pope Francis mask is as popular as versions of Michael Jackson and Albert Einstein. SOUNDBITE: Albert Paris, commercial director for mask maker Condal, saying (Portuguese): "He's a very charismatic pope, very humble. He's a lot closer to the people, a person well adapted to the current world and society. That was the main reason we decided to make the mask. That and Pope Francis' visit to Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. We believe that the mask will be well accepted by the people the arrival of Pope Francis will bring together." July's trip will be Pope Francis' first to Brazil since being selected as the head of the Catholic Church.

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Pope Francis honored with mask

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 01:04