Philadelphia mural of Pope Francis could be world record

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Posted: Nov 30, 2015 1:54 PM
Philadelphia mural of Pope Francis could be world record

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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.

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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.