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Pope mural in Philadelphia could hit the record books

Jane Golden, executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, speaks during a ceremony dedicating the mural, titled The Sacred Now: Faith and Family in the 21st Century, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Philadelphia. Organizers are hoping the mural featuring Pope Francis is eligible for the Guinness World Record for âMost Contributions to a Painting by Numbers.â More than 2,700 people, including the pontiff himself, helped create the multistory artwork.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Jane Golden, executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, speaks during a ceremony dedicating the mural, titled The Sacred Now: Faith and Family in the 21st Century, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Philadelphia. Organizers are hoping the mural featuring Pope Francis is eligible for the Guinness World Record for âMost Contributions to a Painting by Numbers.â More than 2,700 people, including the pontiff himself, helped create the multistory artwork. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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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