Monday, October 09, 2017

"Superman-Pope" now as official T-shirt


He flies with a raised fist and a briefcase, his white soutane fluttering: Pope Francis was presented as a Superman in 2014 in a graffiiti image . Now the graphic is on T-shirts - for a good cause.

Colorful | Vatican City - 09.10.2017

The famous Papal graffiti with Francis as Superman will in the future be sold as a T-shirt for a good cause: the image which shows Pope Francis as a super-hero in the fight for Christian values ​​is now the "official emblem" for charitable initiatives of the Pope,  Radio Vatican reported on Monday. The official Papal super-hero shirt costs 19 euros and the revenues are to flow directly into the charitable donation projects of the Pope, such as Peter's Pence
, according to the head of the Vatican Secretariat of Communications, Dario Edoardo Vigano.

The T-shirt can be ordered on the internet in various colours as well as in men's and women's versions. The front is adorned by the Super-Pope with a fist raised high in flight and a briefcase with the words "values" in the other hand; Papal quotations are printed on the reverse. The graphic of the Italian painter and street artist Mauro Pallotta was painted in 2014  on a house wall near the Vatican, but was quickly painted over. Nevertheless, it received great attention. The Pontifical Media Council then broadcast a snapshot of the Super-Pope on the short message news service, Twitter.


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