Is the Pope a pop star? Maybe not, but he now has his own celebrity magazine just the same.
The 68-page Il Mio Papa (My Pope) hit Italian newsstands last week. According to The New York Times
, it offers “a glossy medley of papal pronouncements and photographs, along with peeks into his personal life. Each weekly issue will also include a pullout centerfold of the pope, accompanied by a quote.”
Magazine editor Aldo Vitali tells the Times the publication is “a sort of fanzine, but of course it can’t be like something you’d do for One Direction. We aim to be more respectful, more noble.”
Vitali said My Pope would not be sensationalistic. “We don’t want gossip or paparazzi,” he said. “We’re not going to go after any scoops.”
“It’s not a cult of personality,” he added. “We want to use the pope as an example” for living a better life.”
Vitali is also the editor of “Italy’s No. 1 weekly magazine, TV Sorrisi e Canzoni, a cross between TV Guide and People,” the Times reports.
The first issue of Il Mio Papa had an initial print run of 500,000 copies, and each issue sells for the equivalent of 50 cents. The Times story does not indicate the planned frequency of publication.
Elected just a year ago, Pope Francis’ popularity has continued to surge.