Wearing a crucifix, a skull cap and a white cassock, he is the spitting image of the late John Paul II.
But a performer who has been entertaining tourists in Rome in recent weeks with his striking resemblance to the former Polish Pope has been arrested and fined in an unusual case of lese majeste.
The performer, who is from Slovakia, recently posed for photographs for The Daily Telegraph in return for a few coins tossed into a silver platter.
“John Paul was a great Pope. Lots of people ask to have their photograph taken with me,” he said.
Sitting on a chair and smiling beatifically while reading a Bible, he had staked out a spot on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, the broad avenue that leads up to the Colosseum.
Thronged with tourists at all times of the day, it appeared to be a lucrative patch, with visitors stopping and staring in surprise at his similarity to the popular Polish pontiff.
The pope performer was detained on Friday when police told him he will be hit with a fine of between 154 and 929
Surely, Elvis has left the building
An act of usurping is “wrongful seizure of royal sovereignty”.
This copy-cat Pope has resurfaced without being authorized to do so…. A crime in Italy.
In America it would be unthinkable to arrest an Elvis look- a-like. To the radical opposite those who looked like the former pop-star are considered hero’s, and annual contests are arranged to crown the best of them.
This might be a good idea for the Vatican. A lot of money can be raised from exposing these men on Prime time TV.
This look-a-like was competing with the beggar’s. Seeing a Pope on the street, collecting money meant for the poor, was obviously too must to bear, even for the Police in Rome.
Written by Ivar