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Vatican moves quickly to block German magazine's offensive depiction of Pope

July 11, 2012

The Vatican has filed legal charges against a German satirical magazine that published an offensive depiction of Pope Benedict XVI.

The July issue of Titanic magazine featured a photo of the Pontiff, altered to include what appeared to be a urine stain on the front of his cassock. The photo accompanied a feature story on the “Vatileaks” scandal, and the headline read: “The leak has been found.”

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican’s deputy Secretary of State, gave instructions to a German lawyer to take “the necessary legal steps against this publication.” A court in Hamburg, responding to the Vatican complaint, ordered Titanic to stop marketing copies of the July issue.

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