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Pope mural removed from Rome street

Showed Francis playing noughts and crosses with peace symbols

Pope mural removed from Rome street

Vatican City, October 19 - A mural showing Pope Francis playing noughts and crosses with peace symbols instead of Xs and Os appeared Wednesday morning and was removed shortly thereafter, ANSA sources said. The mural - painted above a shop window in the Borgo Pio neighbourhood adjacent to the Vatican - was created by Mauro Pallotta, known as Maupal. Shortly after Pope Francis's election, Pallotta painted a street art mural depicting the pontiff as a sort of Superman. The artist gave Pope Francis a printed copy of that artwork, which was also removed shortly after its creation.

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