Madame Tussauds New York paid homage to His Holiness by immortalizing the beloved Pontifex in wax. Just in time for his highly anticipated trip to the Big Apple, the historic attraction showcased Pope Francis' brand new figure as he pulled up to his new home in the iconic Times Square location. Madame Tussauds fashioned its very own take on the “Pope Mobile” in order to give the Bishop of Rome a proper tour of New York City.
Known for his modernization, devoted commitment to his faith and his continual fight for social justice, His Holiness’ figure will reside among some of the world’s most legendary and influential leaders, politicians and public figures in Madame Tussauds’ World Leaders Gallery. The real Pope Francis will visit Central Park, address the United Nations, visit the 9/11 Memorial and conduct evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral during his visit to New York.
The figure is dressed in The Pope’s traditional Papal attire, which was donated by the very same manufacturer which provides attire to the Vatican. Standing with his arm raised to address the masses, the figure features the humble and sensible white cassock, Papal robes, a pellegrina shoulder cape and fascia silk sash. Wearing his glasses, zucchetto cap and pectoral cross, Pope Francis’ figure is impeccably detailed and instantaneously recognizable.
Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Beroglio in Argentina, was elected the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church in February of 2013 following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis will reunite with Pope John Paul II in Madame Tussauds New York and will be prominently featured overlooking a backdrop of St. Peter’s Square, from which he addresses his Papal audience.