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Pope Francis statue joins wax museum


Pope Francis has become the latest figure in Rome’s wax museum with a statue depicting the pontiff smiling in the iconic moment when he appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after his election.

Visitors have been asking for months when the Francis statue would go on display but the museum’s director, Fernando Canini, told AFP that he had waited for an official verbal go-ahead from the Vatican.

The statue on Sunday will take its place alongside the one of Benedict XVI, the Roman Catholic leader’s predecessor, who was the first pope to resign since the Middle Ages. (AFP)