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Artist will alter unpopular statue of Bl. John Paul II in Rome

August 29, 2011

The sculptor of a highly controversial image of Blessed John Paul II has agreed to modify the statue, in response to a wave of public hostility.

Oliviero Rainaldi says that he will make some changes in the statute, which is now on display outside Rome’s busiest rail station. The abstract image has drawn intense criticism, with some leaders of both Church and state suggesting that it should be removed.

Although he has indicated a willingness to alter the image, Rainaldi insists that the changes will be “minimal.”


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