Life-size chocolate statue of Pope Francis

Pontiff presented with chocolate statue of himself

Pope Francis was presented with a life-size chocolate statue of himself following his weekly general audience in the Vatican on Wednesday 5 February.

The pontiff received the 1.5 ton gift from students on a chocolatier course at the Accademia dei maestri cioccolatieri in Rimini.

Led by master chocolatier Mirco Della Vecchia, the group spent four weeks creating the statue from a block of dark chocolate from Guatemala.

The chocolatiers intend to donate a further 1.5 tons of chocolate to Rome-based Catholic charity Caritas.