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01/28/2014 04:46 pm ET Updated Jan 29, 2014

Pope Francis Graffiti Brings 'SuperPope' To Streets Of Rome [UPDATE]

An official Vatican Twitter account shared an amazing image today-- Pope Francis as "SuperPope"

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Dressed in his signature white robe and carrying a simple black valise with the world 'Valores' emblazoned across the front, SuperPope blasts into the air with a smile.

A tipster commented on the artist's identity, though it has not been confirmed.

Watch out, Superman-- there's a new hero in town.

UPDATE: The artist's identity has been confirmed by AP as artist Mauro Pallota.

  • AP
    A two pictures combo showing the wall where the image depicting Pope Francis as Superman was posted, at the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Pope Francis’ status as a superhero has bit the dust. Rome’s decorum police early Thursday scrubbed the wall near the Vatican where “SuperPope” had been displayed, showing Francis as Superman in flight and clutching his black satchel of values to spread to the world. Artist Mauro Pallotta had put the image up on Monday in homage to Francis. Pallotta’s agent, Margaret Porpiglia said Thursday the artist is now hoping to avoid a city fine but is considering making a street art piece depicting the “anti-hero” Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino. The white caped crusader pope, which was actually painted on paper and affixed to the wall with water-based glue, had drawn immense popular interest around the Borgo neighborhood of tiny cobble stoned streets near St. Peter’s Square. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • Italian artist Mauro Pallotta poses in front of his graffiti depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag with a writing which reads: "Values" at the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. It wasn't enough that Pope Francis was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" or that he fronted this week's Rolling Stone magazine. Now there's SuperPope graffiti sprouting up around the Vatican. The white caped crusader appeared Tuesday on a wall just off Borgo Pio, a tiny cobble-stoned street near St. Peter's Square. In typical superhero fashion, Francis' right fist is thrust in the air, leading him in flight, while his left clutches his black satchel. "Valores," or values in Spanish, is written across it. Francis has charmed the masses with his simplicity and message of helping the poor, even as he has cracked down on Vatican waste and corruption. The Vatican communications office approved of the image, tweeting a photo Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • AP
    The wall, left, where the image depicting Pope Francis as Superman was posted, is seen empty at the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Pope Francis’ status as a superhero has bit the dust. Rome’s decorum police early Thursday scrubbed the wall near the Vatican where “SuperPope” had been displayed, showing Francis as Superman in flight and clutching his black satchel of values to spread to the world. Artist Mauro Pallotta had put the image up on Monday in homage to Francis. Pallotta’s agent, Margaret Porpiglia said Thursday the artist is now hoping to avoid a city fine but is considering making a street art piece depicting the “anti-hero” Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino. The white caped crusader pope, which was actually painted on paper and affixed to the wall with water-based glue, had drawn immense popular interest around the Borgo neighborhood of tiny cobble stoned streets near St. Peter’s Square. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • A tourist poses for a souvenir picture in front of a graffiti by Italian artist Mauro Pallotta depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag with a writing which reads: "Values" is seen on a wall of the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
  • AP
    A graffiti depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag with a writing which reads: "Values" is seen on a wall of the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • Italian artist Mauro Pallotta poses in front of his graffiti depicting Pope Francis as Superman. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • AP
    Tourists pose for a souvenir picture in front of a graffiti by Italian artist Mauro Pallotta depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag with a writing which reads: "Values" at the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. It wasn't enough that Pope Francis was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" or that he fronted this week's Rolling Stone magazine. Now there's SuperPope graffiti sprouting up around the Vatican. The white caped crusader appeared Tuesday on a wall just off Borgo Pio, a tiny cobble-stoned street near St. Peter's Square. In typical superhero fashion, Francis' right fist is thrust in the air, leading him in flight, while his left clutches his black satchel. "Valores," or values in Spanish, is written across it. Francis has charmed the masses with his simplicity and message of helping the poor, even as he has cracked down on Vatican waste and corruption. The Vatican communications office approved of the image, tweeting a photo Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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