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Pope as a pin-up? Francis gets his own fan magazine

Il Mio Papa cover
Mondadori
Il Mio Papa cover

One of the largest publishing companies in Europe is launching a weekly magazine dedicated to Pope Francis, scheduled to hit newsstands for the first time on Wednesday.

The glossy magazine, published by Mondadori, part of Silvio Bersluconi's media empire, is the first of its kind solely dedicated to the pontiff and will report on papal announcements and meetings and include tidbits or "smaller items of curiosity" on his day-to-day personal life.

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The magazine, "Il Mio Papa" or "My Pope" will retail at 50 euro cents (68 US cents) and each week will feature a pull-out poster with memorable quotes. The launch issue hits the stands as Pope Francis ends his first year as head of the Catholic church– he was elected to the papacy on March 13 2013, after his predecessor, Pope Benedict, resigned.

"Il Mio Papa" is set to have a total print run in the first month of 3 million copies and will be edited by Aldo Vitali, who is also editor of Italy's number weekly magazine, "TV Sorrisi e Canzoni".

Vitali said the current Pope "has won over everyone, both the faithful and non-believers" because of the simplicity of his message.

(Read more: Pope Francis attacks 'tyranny' of unfettered capitalism,)

The first issue of "Il Mio Papa" will also include an extensive feature celebrating the anniversary of papacy and a DVD.

Fans can also follow the pontiff's news online, as the magazine is launching Facebook and Twitter accounts along with a website for the magazine.

Mondadori is headed by ex-Prime Minister Berlusconi's daughter, Marina. The company's other titles include popular gossip magazine Chi and women's weekly Grazia.

By CNBC's Jenny Cosgrave: Follow her on Twitter @jenny_cosgrave

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