ROME - The city of Rome has unveiled a revamped statue of Pope John Paul II, replacing one that was pilloried by the public and the Vatican.
Artist Oliviero Rainaldi blamed workers for a botched assemblage the first time around.
When the larger-than-life statue was first unveiled in May 2011, it was widely criticized by passers-by as looking more like Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini than the beloved Polish pope.
Rome's mayor quickly assembled a committee of art experts, culture officials and scholars to work with Rainaldi to make the sculpture match what had been approved in his sketches.
Rainaldi expressed satisfaction with the final product, saying it matched his original vision.
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