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.
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.