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Pope Francis not happy with 'Superpope' image

The Pope told Italian daily Corriere della Sera today he doesn't like the images that has seen him depicted as a "Superpope".

Graffiti artist Mauro Palotta
Graffiti artist Mauro Palotta

Recently an Italian street artist painted a portrait of the pontiff in this light and Italian newspapers have also added to this label.

Associated Press reported on Wednesday, he had to contend with a new bout of celebrity as "My Pope" hit Italian newsstands, a weekly gossip magazine devoted entirely to Francis. It is published by Mondadori, which is owned by ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's media empire. In addition, at his general audience, someone tried to give him a replica of an Oscar statue that said "Oscar Pope" on it.

"I don't like ideological interpretations, this type of mythology of Pope Francis," the pope told Corriere. "If I'm not mistaken, Sigmund Freud said that in every idealization there's an aggression. Depicting the pope as a sort of Superman, a star, is offensive to me.

"The pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps calmly and has friends like everyone else. A normal person."

Francis anniversary as Pope will be March 13. The Vatican has issued coins and stamps in honor of the pending event.