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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Northern Ireland: Front-page apology for doctored Pope pictures

Derry News , a newspaper from Northern Ireland, apologized this week for doctored pictures that the paper had published last week in its satirical Newshound column, reports Media Guardian. The pictures showed the Pope during the consecration at a mass in Cologne holding a glass of beer instead of a chalice and a pretzel instead of the host.

According to the Belfast Telegraph the front-page apology said: "To publish these photographs was a highly regrettable error that should never have happened and their publication was an insult to Catholics, both clerical and laity. The directors and management of the Derry News tender their deepest apologies for the offence caused."

The apology reflects the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. In other countries doctored photos of the Pope may not have been considered so polemical.

Source: Media Guardian through EJC newsletter, Belfast Telegraph

Posted by Anna-Maria Mende on September 6, 2005 at 04:05 PM | Permalink

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