That statue…

Cardinal Ravasi speculates on a "referendum" to relocate it

The statue of Pope John Paul II unveiled last week at Rome’s bustling Termini train station – the one that everybody seems to hate – may eventually be moved elsewhere, according to Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Ravasi, who saw and approved of the original sketches for the much maligned statue, told Rome Reports, “Already the mayor of Rome said, even if not officially, that he would like a sort of referendum among the Roman citizens, whether to keep the statue in that place or to move it somewhere else. And no doubt the location made sense because ideally it was John Paul II welcoming everyone who arrived in Rome, coming into the city through the Termini station. So the location is correct, the subject may be questionable, and so a possible transfer is understandable.”

Rome Reports also includes a what is apparently the artist’s rendering OK’d by Ravasi – as you can see, it is quite different from the finished product.


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Catherine Harmon is managing editor of Catholic World Report.