exaudi, regina tui pulcherrima mundi,
non procul a caelo per tua templa sumus:
nam solis radiis aequalia munera tendis,
non armata suo reppulit Ursa gelu:
dumque offers victis proprii consortia iuris,
Rutilius Namatianus: De reditu suo ll 47-66
At a meeting with young people ahead of an upcoming Synod of Catholic bishops, Pope Francis told them "don't be afraid of tattoos".
Answering a question from a Ukranian student priest about how to respond to present-day culture, the pope told his audience of around 300 young people that tattoos were not necessarily a bad thing.
He mentioned cultural examples where tattoos have been a symbol of religious faith, such as in Eritrea, where it used to be common for Christian girls to have a tattoo of a cross on their foreheads as a symbol of beauty.