Vatican City, Feb 22, 2017 / 07:19 am
On Wednesday the Vatican announced plans to monitor with a more careful eye those who print official images of the Pope or the Holy See and sell them for profit, intervening with "appropriate action" when necessary.
A Feb. 22 communique issued by the Secretariat of State said pointed out that among its various tasks, it also has "that of protecting the image of the Holy Father, so that his message can reach the faithful intact and that his person not be exploited."
Because of this, part of the department is dedicated to protecting "the symbols and coats of arms of the Holy See" through appropriate channels on an international level.
In order to make this "protective action" more effective and to "halt situations of illegality that arise," the department said they will begin carrying out "systematic surveillance activities apt to monitor the ways in which the image of the Holy Father and the coats of arms of the Holy See are used," intervening with "appropriate action" if and when needed.