(ANSA) - Buenos Aires, July 9 - Pope Francis has asked that
a statue in his likeness be removed from the gardens of the
cathedral in his hometown of Buenos Aires, local media said
Newspaper Clarin reports that the pope - who has
consistently shown little interest in the luxuries of his job -
personally telephoned the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires
as soon as he heard it had been installed and asked that it be
That cathedral, which added the statue 10 days ago, had
been his home church before Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the
world's first Latin American pontiff in March.
The statue was created by artist Fernando Pugliese, who had
created other monuments dedicated to John Paul II and Mother
The question has now been raised as to whether the pope
will allow Church leaders to open a museum in Argentina in
honour of Francis.