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Roman police seize bogus Vatican souvenirs in crackdown on counterfeits

May 03, 2016

Police in Rome have seized thousands of counterfeit souvenirs that featured the image of Pope Francis and/or the Vatican seal without authorization.

The raid on a warehouse yielded about 340,000 items—mostly small trinkets—that would have been sold for nearly $2 million.

The trade in Vatican souvenirs has boomed during the Jubilee Year. But the Vatican has worked successfully for a crackdown on merchants who sell the Pope’s image or the Vatican crest without approval.

 
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