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Vatican concerned over papal toilet rolls18th of August 2011
The Pope is currently in Madrid for World Youth Day - but controversy surrounds a hygiene company's decision to produce a range of limited-edition toilet rolls to mark the occasion.
Manufacturer Ronova has launched twin packs of toilet rolls bearing the slogan "I love the Pope" across its packaging. The toilet paper itself is coloured white and gold and has been impregnated with the incense used in Catholic churches to ward off evil spirits.
Vatican officials are understood to be concerned about the rolls, with some critics calling the special-edition toilet tissue disrespectful. However, Ronova claims that the rolls are intended to be used as streamers rather than in the traditional way.
A spokesperson for the company said: '"Is there any better way to liven up the streets than using toilet paper streamers with the Vatican's colour-scheme? We urge people - open your windows to celebrate! Welcome Pope Benedict."
World Youth Day is a youth-oriented Catholic Church event that was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985. It is celebrated at diocesan level annually, and as a week-long international event in a different country every two to three years. This year's event is being held in Madrid from August 15-21.
Around a million young pilgrims are expected to travel to Spain for the event, and the gold and white toilet paper is likely to be a sell-out during the Pope's visit.