Vatican denounces Benetton for kiss ad
17 November 2011, 08:54
Vatican City - The Vatican has denounced a shock ad campaign by
Italian apparel giant Benetton which features Pope Benedict XVI kissing a
top Egyptian imam on the lips.
Benetton says its "Unhate" campaign launched on Wednesday is aimed at fostering tolerance.
campaign features a half-dozen purported political nemeses in
lip-locked embraces, including President Barack Obama and Venezuela's
Hugo Chavez, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Vatican said the photo of
Benedict kissing the imam of Cairo's al-Azhar mosque is an
"unacceptable" provocation that offends the faithful, and warns it will
take measures to protect the pope's image.
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