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Syrian Catholic Patriarch scoffs at Italian museum's covering of nudes during Iranian leader's visit

January 28, 2016

A decision by Italian museum curators to cover up statues of nudes during a visit by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has drawn the scorn of Syrian Catholic Patriarch Youssef III Younan.

"This is our culture," said the Patriarch. "If you don't want to see it, close your eyes!"

The staff of the Capitoline Museums had put drapes over nudes before the Iranian leader's visit, in a bid to avoid giving offense to the Islamic leader.

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jan. 29, 2016 9:56 AM ET USA

    Maybe the poor guy was looking forward to seeing the statues!