The Holy See will intervene to protect Pope Francis’ image, so that his message and person are not instrumentalized, stated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Holy See State Secretariat, pointing out that among its tasks is “to protect the Holy Father’s image so that his entire message can reach the faithful and his person is not instrumentalized.”
Among the things it will defend, through the appropriate normative instruments established at the international level, are the Holy See’s official symbols and coat of arms.
The press release added that “to make the protection action more effective,” in regard to the objectives indicated, and to interrupt illegal situations eventually found, the State Secretariat will carry out systematic vigilance activities to control the ways with which images of the Holy Father and the Holy See’s coat of arms are used, intervening if necessary with timely actions.”
As is known, it is possible to find on the Internet several Websites, Twitter and Facebook included, which say that they belong to the Holy See, with information and news that is not true.
The leadership of the Holy See Press Office explained that it refers more to all objects sold or people who do business to earn money using the Pope’s image or the Holy See’s symbols.