Pope Francis Superman mural erased
'But may reappear on grander scale'30 January, 14:04
The briefly famous work showed Francis as the white-caped crusader of Marvel Comics in mid-flight, rosary swinging around his neck and glass firmly perched on his nose as he swings a battered black briefcase.
Rome's municipal street-cleaning company AMA said it had been removed to preserve "decorum", in the same way graffiti are treated.
Street artist Mauro Pallotta is rumoured to be talking to the owners of a larger building, to paint a much bigger version of his tribute to the reform-minded pontiff's imagined super powers close to the site of the short-lived one.
The mural was such a hit that Vatican communications staff posted about it on their official Twitter account.
It appeared on the same day that Rolling Stone magazine made Francis its latest front-page hipster.