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Selfies with Pope Francis cardboard cutouts popular in Philippines

Filipinos have their photos taken with a cutout of Pope Francis at Mall of Asia, the country's largest shopping mall, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the K-pop treatment. Life-size cardboard cutouts are being distributed to churches, schools and malls in the Philippine capital to generate "papal fever" before the pope's visit. .
Filipinos have their photos taken with a cutout of Pope Francis at Mall of Asia, the country's largest shopping mall, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the K-pop treatment. Life-size cardboard cutouts are being distributed to churches, schools and malls in the Philippine capital to generate "papal fever" before the pope's visit. . AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

In Asia’s bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the K-pop treatment.

Life-size cardboard cutouts are being distributed to churches, schools and malls in the Philippine capital to generate “papal fever” before the pope’s visit.

Church-run radio station Radio Veritas distributed them. Station president Rev. Anton Pascual said Wednesday the cardboard cutouts allow camera-loving Filipinos “to take a selfie with the pontiff.”

Pope Francis is set to visit the Philippines on Jan. 15-19 and is expected to meet survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated central provinces.

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