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Superpope to the rescue: T-shirt raises money for papal charity

Though not as fast as a speeding bullet, ‘Superpope’ will fly across the world, gathering autographs of sports stars and eventually being auctioned off to raise money for the pope’s charity.

The initiative kicked off on 8th February at a Vatican news conference with the unveiling of a simple medium-sized yellow T-shirt graced with the iconic ‘Superpope’ image: Pope Francis, fist extended, flying through the air, holding his black bag packed with Christian ‘values’ and a scarf representing his hometown San Lorenzo football team.

The first superstar who signed the tee was recently retired Roma football legend, Francesco Totti, who even added his old team number ‘10’ to the signature.

Next in line for the shirt signing ‘relay’ around the world will be football star Diego Maradona, followed by world champion motorcyclist Marc Marquez and many more, including top female athletes, said Mgr Dario Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communication.

The plan is to get as many famous signatures as possible before it goes on auction, possibly by “the end of the summer,” said Christian Fasulo, CEO of the Polk&Union agency, which is running the marketing campaign.

Picture: A T-shirt showing Pope Francis as a superhero is seen during a news conference to present a charitable initiative at the Vatican on 8th February. The autograph on the shirt is by retired Italian football star Francesco Totti. The superhero image was first created as street art by Mauro Pallotta in 2014. The Vatican will auction off a T-shirt signed by sports celebrities, with proceeds going to charity. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).