Pope Francis demands life-size statue of himself be removed

 

The pontiff was reportedly ‘horrified’ upon learning of the tribute to him at his former cathedral in Buenos Aires.

By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 1:31 PM
The statue at the Buenos Aires Cathedral, above, has turned into a tourist attraction.

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The statue at the Buenos Aires Cathedral, above, has turned into a tourist attraction.

Pope Francis may already be a household name, but he seems determined to avoid becoming a celebrity.

The 76-year-old Argentine Pontiff has ordered church bosses to remove a life-size statue of him from the garden of his former cathedral in his birth city of Buenos Aires.

Clarin reports he was “horrified” on finding out about the tribute, which has become a popular tourist attraction in the two weeks since it was installed.

“Get that thing down immediately,” he reportedly told the priest responsible in an angry telephone call.

Pope Francis is known for his humility, shunning the robes traditionally worn by popes for simple white cassocks.

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Pope Francis is known for his humility, shunning the robes traditionally worn by popes for simple white cassocks.

The fate of the statue, which was created by sculptor Fernando Pugliese — who has also produced casts of Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa — is now not known.

It’s the latest in a long line of incidents that show Francis, the head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, as a humble man.

Shunning the robes traditionally worn by the Pope, he usually wears a simple white cassock.

He also prefers to live in a small guesthouse rather than the luxurious papal apartments.

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