The Silvio Berlusconi-owned Mondadori publishing house, which lists the popular celebrity gossip rag Chi among its titles, is launching a magazine devoted to the weekly doings, sayings, gestures and activities of the 265th Successor of Peter.
My Pope, at 50 cent a pop, will each Wednesday include a free pull-out poster with one of Francis’s more memorable quotes from the previous seven days.
Editor Aldo Vitali said the Pope’s election a year ago generated new interest in the papacy.
Mondadori is part of ex-premier Berlusconi’s media empire and is headed by his daughter Marina.
Meanwhile, the Pope used some rather unholy language at the Vatican on Sunday when he mistakenly dropped a crude Italian slang word during his morning sermon.
The slip came while he was addressing hundreds of people from his window overlooking St Peter’s Square. Instead of saying “caso” meaning “example”, Pope Francis said “cazzo”, the equivalent of the ‘F’ word.
The Pope maintained his composure, but people watching did a double-take, wondering if they had heard correctly. The moment has since gone viral online.