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Anti-Islam movie offends all faiths, says Maronite Patriarch

September 14, 2012

During a press conference in Beirut on the morning before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI, the country’s Maronite Catholic leader said that an American-made movie mocking Islam “offends everybody.”

The film Innocence of Muslims is not only insulting to Muslims, said Patriarch Bechara Rai, but “offensive toward all religions.” He said that the international community should take a strong stand against such provocations.

The Maronite leader said that the acts of violence committed by mobs protesting the film were “shameful,” and voiced the hope that the papal visit would help to relieve tensions and promote the cause of peace in the Middle East.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Sep. 14, 2012 4:02 PM ET USA

    We should all pray for special graces for this poor, embattled part of the world.