By Ninder Kaur
Madame Tussauds New York paid homage yesterday to his Holiness by immortalising him in wax, just in time for his highly anticipated trip to the Big Apple.
The New York attraction fashioned its very own take on the Pope Mobile in order to give the Bishop of Rome a proper tour of New York City.
Known for his modernisation, devoted commitment to his faith and his continual fight for social justice, Pope Francis’s figure will reside among some of the world’s most legendary and influential leaders, politicians and public figures in Madame Tussauds New York’s World Leaders Gallery.
The figure is dressed in The Pope’s traditional Papal attire, which was donated to the attraction by the very same manufacturer which provides attire to the Vatican. Standing with his arm raised to address the masses, the figure features the white cassock, Papal robes, a pellegrina shoulder cape and fascia silk sash. Wearing his glasses, zucchetto cap and pectoral cross, Pope Francis figure is instantaneously recognisable.
Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Beroglio in Argentina, was elected the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church in February of 2013 following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis will reunite with Pope John Paul II in Madame Tussauds New York and will be prominently featured overlooking a backdrop of St. Peter’s Square, from which he addresses his Papal audience.