The Vatican said Wednesday that its Secretariat of State was taking steps to increase protection of the image of Pope Francis.
It did not state whether the move was linked to posters
protesting against the pope that recently appeared in Rome or a
fake edition of Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano that came out
some days ago.
"The Secretariat of State, among its tasks, has also that of
protecting the image of the Holy Father, so that his message can
reach the faithful intact and that his person not be exploited,"
a statement said.
"It is in view of these same purposes, that the Secretary of
State protects the symbols and coats of arms of the Holy See,
through appropriate regulatory instruments provided for on an
"In order to make its protective action more effective with
respect to stated purposes, and to halt situations of illegality
that arise, the Secretariat of State will effect systematic
surveillance activities apt to monitor the ways in which the
image of the Holy Father and the coats of arms of the Holy See
are used, [and] if necessary intervene with appropriate action"