Pope John Paul II statue criticized by Vatican for being ‘ugly’ and do not look like him (Photo)

By on May 21, 2011 in Europe, Lifestyle, Weird Comments

A statue of the Pope John Paul II is now being criticized by some people and even by a Vatican newspaper for being “ugly” and do not really look like the late pontiff, as shown in the photo below.



Pope John Paul II statue in Rome being dubbed
as “ugly” and do not look like him

Image Credit: AP

According to international news websites, a Pope John Paul II statue was erected early this week outside Rome’s Termini Train Station, but some observers claims that they find it to be “ugly”.

“How could they have given such a kind pope the head of a fascist?” Antonio Lamonica, 71, was quoted at Telegraph on Friday, May 20, which his wife called it as “really ugly”.

On the same report, some Romans were even noted to have described the Pope’s giant structure as looking more like Italy’s dictator Benito Mussolini rather than Pope John Paul II, who was beatified last May 1.

L’Osservatore Romano, Vatican’s official newspaper, was also said to have the same comment, which described the Pope John Paul II monument as having “little resemblance’” to him.

“His face bears only a distant resemblance to that of the pope. Overall, the result does not seem to reach its intention”. A comment was quoted in the said newspaper.

The Pope statue, which was created by Italian sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi, measures about 16 feet and made of bronze, and has an opening that suggests that the pope opens his cloak to embrace the faithful.

“I wasn’t trying to achieve a similarity, but a work that was able to express, through the position of the head and the body, and the fall of the cloak, the Pope’s openness towards the world,” Rainaldi was quoted telling to La Repubblica, an Italian news site.

Meanwhile, Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno told reports that he is considering the observations of the public.



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