Philadelphia mural of Pope Francis seeks world record

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 30, 2015 11:59 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool

Pope Francis reaches out to 5th grader Omodele Ojo of the Brooklyn borough of New York as he is greeted by children upon arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in New York. The pope is on a five-day trip to the USA, which includes stops in Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia, after a three-day stay in Cuba.

(Philadelphia) -- A potentially record-breaking mural featuring Pope Francis has been unveiled in Philadelphia.

More than 2,700 people _ including the pontiff himself _ helped create the multistory artwork.

Organizers say that makes it eligible for the Guinness World Record for ``Most Contributions to a Painting by Numbers.''

The family-themed, multigenerational portrait shows the pope surrounded by parents and children. It was dedicated during a ceremony Monday.

Participants created the mural on 153 color-coded cloth panels. Francis signed his name on a panel when he visited the city for the World Meeting of Families in September.

Artists from the city's Mural Arts Program then used adhesive to attach the fabric to the walls of the future St. Malachy (MAL'-ah-kee) School in north Philadelphia.

Local officials say Guinness is reviewing their bid.

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