Statue Of Pope Francis Unveiled In Buenos Aires

Category: Media & Culture / Jun 28, 2013 5:00PM EDT

A life-size statue of Pope Francis was unveiled Friday (June 28) at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, the seat of the Archdiocese which Francis oversaw as cardinal before being elected pope.

The revealing of the statue coincides with Saturday's (June 29) Buenos Aires celebration of Pope Day that will kick off a week-long calendar of events honoring the Argentine pope.

The Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the main fixtures of Buenos Aires' historic Plaza de Mayo, has seen a major uptick in tourist visits since the former Cardinal was named Pope Francis on March 13.

The sculptor who designed and created the statue said he wanted to create a lifelike image of Francis to bring him closer to his admirers.

Activities and prayer sessions for the pope and the church are scheduled to be held in the cathedral and the plaza all week long.

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