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    Benetton Pulls Ad of Pope Benedict Kissing El-Tayeb

    By Francis X. Rocca, Religion News Service - November 16, 2011

    VATICAN CITY - International clothing retailer Benetton pulled a provocative ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim cleric on Wednesday (Nov. 16) after the Vatican threatened legal action to protect the pope's image.

    Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi had called the Benetton campaign a "totally unacceptable" show of "grave disrespect."

    The image of Benedict kissing Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed El-Tayeb, imam of the renowned al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, was pulled almost immediately after the Vatican protested. [Read Full Story]

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