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Sculpture of Pope John Paul II decried as ‘ugly’

Published 05/27/2011, The Jamestown Sun

ROME — A new, modernist sculpture of Pope John Paul II is turning into a monumental bust. The Vatican on Friday slammed the giant artwork outside Rome’s Termini Train Station, saying it doesn’t even resemble the late pontiff. Some Romans and tourists said the bronze statue looks more like Italy’s wartime dictator Benito Mussolini than the widely beloved pope. “How could they have given such a kind pope the head of a Fascist?” said 71-year-old Antonio Lamonica.

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