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Pope billboards defaced

Photo: Hubert Cini.

Photo: Hubert Cini.

The Church yesterday condemned the defacement of three billboards promoting the Pope's two-day visit to Malta.

One billboard on the busy Marsa road portrayed the Pope's face with a Hitler-style moustache, along with stencilled signs of a bear associated with paedophilia. Billboards on the Birkirkara By-Pass and Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq were also defaced.

In his youth, the Pope was a conscript with the German forces during the closing stages of the war.

In a statement, the Maltese Church said: "It appears that these acts of vandalism were carried out by people who, for their own reasons, decided that they are in a position to judge."

The Pope will be visiting Malta on Saturday and Sunday amid a series of allegations connected with child abuse by priests which have shaken the Catholic Church.

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