Vatican to begin ‘systematic surveillance’ of ‘illegal’ uses of Pope’s image amid growing criticism

tea_party_faction_810_500_55_s_c1The Vatican announced Wednesday that it will crack down on unauthorized use of the Papal crest and images.

The move comes amid obvious concern from Vatican officials about the growing criticism of Pope Francis.

For example, a recent attempt to criticize the Pope – in traditional Roman sarcastic manner – with posters was condemned by a senior Vatican cardinal as a “work of the devil.”

A press statement published by the Vatican Wednesday announced that the Secretariat of State will widen its surveillance over the Papal insignia and put an end to any possible “illegal” uses of the crest.   Continue reading