Graffiti depicting Pope Francis as a Superman-like hero, clutching a bag with the Spanish word for "Values," is seen on a wall of the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome, Jan. 28, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- 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.
The white caped crusader appeared
Tuesday 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
The artist is identified only as
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 Tuesday.
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