Before the papal visit, Filipinos can take a papal selfie with life-size cardboard cutouts

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.