Phallic sculpture in Malta must be removed before Pope visits, says mayor

A so-called phallic symbol might be purged from a village in Malta near the road leading to the capital Valletta before Pope Benedict XVI's scheduled visit on April 17 to 18. Mayor John Schembri called for the removal of the monument in the village of Luqa named "Colonna Mediterranea" that he described as "obscene" and "embarrassing," reports AFP via

Colonna Mediterranea

Created by ceramic artist and sculptor Paul Vella Critien, the monument was said to be "an abstract based on fantasy and the beauty of the Mediterranean colors." Critien described it as a three-dimensional representation of a symbol from ancient Egypt. After it was installed on a roundabout at the entrance of Luca on January 2006, many residents have reportedly complained about it.

The pope is scheduled to visit Malta following pedophilia allegations against 45 priests culled from a pedophilia "response team" set up by the Maltese Catholic Church in 1999. Almost half of the cases were ruled groundless but the church said on April 12, "For the Church, every case is one too many."


Photo from CNN iReport.

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