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Vatican paper rips Charlie Hebdo issue mocking religion as source of terrorism

January 06, 2016

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has sharply criticized Charlie Hebdo for a special edition, marking the anniversary of a terrorist attack, that suggests religious faith fosters violence.

The French satirical magazine will release a January 7 issue that features a cover portray of God carrying an assault weapon, and the headline: “The murderer is still out there.”

“Behind the deceptive flag of uncompromising secularism, the weekly is forgetting once more what religious leaders of every faith unceasingly repeat to reject violence in the name of religion,” L’Osservatore Romano argued; “using God to justify hatred is a genuine blasphemy, as Pope Francis has said several times.”

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jan. 12, 2016 12:16 AM ET USA

    Save your umbrage for the Imams.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 08, 2016 1:44 AM ET USA

    Bravo, L’Osservatore Romano! Charlie Hebdo is mostly an anti-Christian publication. The offending picture represents God with a symbol of the Holy Trinity: who is specifically Christian God - and not Jewish or Muslim. The massacre in Paris had nothing to do with Christianity.