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Mural of saintly pope kissing devilish Trump appears in Rome

ROME (Reuters) A life-size mural depicting Pope Francis with a saintly halo kissing U.S. President Donald Trump sprouting devil’s horns appeared on a wall near the Vatican on Thursday, less than two weeks before they are due to meet.

The mural, which was painted on paper and pasted on to the wall during the night, was the latest work by street artists depicting the pope to appear in Rome in recent months.

This one shows Francis, wearing a simple crucifix around his neck, embracing Trump, who wears a gold watch and sports a pistol in a holster. The pope’s halo is the same bright yellow color as Trump’s hair. The two are locked in a mouth-to-mouth kiss.

The caption written on the sash of the pope’s cassock reads “The Good Forgives the Evil.” It is signed “TVBoy,” who is believed to be Italian street artist Salvatore Benintende.

“It is very provocative but not too shocking for someone coming from America,” said a tourist from Burbank, California who gave only his first name, Victor.

The mural was pasted on a wall on a street named “Way of the Bank of Holy Spirit” across the Tiber River from the Vatican.

Francis and Trump are due to meet at the Vatican on May 24 while the president is on a tour Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium.

Such murals depicting the pope eventually are taken down by a special group of Rome sanitation workers known as “The Decorum Squad.”

In the past, the squad has erased a mural depicting the pope as a sneaky graffiti artist painting peace signs on walls and another showing him as the comic book hero Superman.

Local media have criticized the unit for removing popular art while unsightly graffiti blights many buildings and heaps of garbage pile up on sidewalks because of a collection backlog.

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  • being used by Satan – Trump has followed Jesus unlike many others since he has attacked abortion while liberals/democrats and the media fail to follow Jesus’s teachings in the Didache Satan is doing all he can yet we know how it ends – Satan looses… God/Jesus/Holy Spirit WIN

  • With any luck, the mural will offend Trump and the American holy hypocrites who put him in power more than actual real-life Christians around the world. I feel bad for the fantasy Francis in the mural having to lock lips with the Donald. Some mouth wash and prayer would seem in order after such an ordeal, imagined fantasy or not.

  • Just another lame attempt to rile people. The crybabies taking another temper tantrum. What have we all learned about crybabies, ignore.

  • “Trump has followed Jesus unlike many others… “

    I stopped reading right there.

  • Do you mean Two Corntihians, self confessed adulterous, three times married, 488 times caught in a lie since January Grabby is a jesus follower? Now that is funny,

    I believe he has been to church ONCE since taking office.

  • People change, and are forgiven, you believe they are lies because your liberal, he has followed Jesus in the Didache in that he is oppose to abortion and LGBTQ lifestyles. But you live in California and have your own issues.

  • Honey, there is no cure for stupid. I would suggest you search out an article in The NY Times dated 4/22/16. 2Rump seems to be in disagreement with you about what he thinks,

  • In a White House Rose Garden ceremony May 4, Trump decried the “attacks against the Little Sisters of the Poor” before signing his executive order on “religious freedom.” He invited the nuns present to stand beside him, and shook the hands of two of them. Pope Francis had met with the Little Sisters of the Poor while in the U.S. in support of their lawsuit. Tom Price, Health and Human Services director, issued a statement after Trump issued his executive order: “We will be taking action in short order to follow the president’s instruction to safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees.”
    Pope Francis’ speeches at the White House and Independence Hall defended “religious liberty.” Trump chose Mike Pence as his running mate. In 2015 as governor, Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination” Martin R. Castro, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, recently stated.

  • So….Abortion and LBGTQ are YOUR critical Christian issues? Until you
    are a woman and get pregnant or until you discover one of your relatives
    is LBGTQ, what right do you have to condemn? Besides, what have you
    done to elect people who are willing to provide proper support to a
    mother and her baby–the one you want to “save?” How many LBGTQ persons
    have you talked with/gotten to know as persons who have feelings and
    struggles about his/her sexual orientation? Have you truly tried to walk
    with them. . .with non-judgmental love? Hypocrite! “You blind guides!
    You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!
    ” –Jesus (Mt. 23:24)
    So do you like Tump’s sins of Arrogance, Greed, Bullying, Lying,
    Vengeance-fullness, Hatred, to name a few? You close your mind and
    heart to his REAL sins AND support his despotic ways JUST BECAUSE he
    panders to your so-called “values?” Lord, have mercy.

  • The Pope kissing President Trump? WHY THE HECK NOT?! This pope has kissed everyone else’s ass, some twice or more!

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