Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Anti-Islam movie offends all faiths, says Maronite Patriarch

Catholic World News - 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.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($26,341 to go):
$150,000.00 $123,658.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • 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.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 6 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 8 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17