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Poof: Pope Francis superhero street art disappears

Thursday - 1/30/2014, 3:19pm  ET

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Tourists pose for a souvenir picture in front of a graffiti by Italian artist Mauro Pallotta depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag with a writing which reads: 'Values' at the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Francis' right fist is thrust in the air, leading him in flight, while his left clutches his black satchel. The Vatican communications office approved of the image, tweeting a photo Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' status as a superhero has bit the dust.

Rome police early Thursday scrubbed the wall near the Vatican where "SuperPope" had been displayed, showing Francis as Superman in flight and clutching his black satchel of values to spread to the world.

Artist Mauro Pallotta had put the image up on Monday in homage to Francis. Pallotta's agent, Margaret Porpiglia said Thursday the artist is now hoping to avoid a city fine, but is considering making a street art piece depicting "anti-hero" Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino.

The white caped crusader pope, which was actually painted on paper and affixed to the wall with water-based glue, had drawn immense popular interest around the Borgo neighborhood of tiny cobblestoned streets near St. Peter's Square.


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