Charlie Hebdo’s depiction of God in anniversary cover: criticized Vatican

The Vatican’s newspaper recently criticized the latest Charlie Hebdo magazine saying that the front cover of this anniversary edition commemorating the victims of a year-old attack by the terrorists, does not ‘respect’ the faith of all religions in God.

An illustration that appears to depict God as a terrorist, armed with a gun is what has come up on their front cover. The magazine that is due to be released on Wednesday, has the headline, “One year one: The murderer is still out there.” This edition blames the violent actions of 2015, France on organised religion, the Government, Islamic fundamentalist and the failures of the intelligence.

Osservatore Romano, a Vatican daily newspaper commented that the magazine ‘behind the deceptive flag of uncompromising secularism’ has forgotten that the religious leaders from every faith have repeatedly rejected acts of violence in the name of religion, as reported by AFP. The newspaper’s commented on the existence of a sad paradox of the world in the choice of Charlie Hebdo, “which is more and more sensitive about being politically correct, almost to the point of ridicule, yet does not wish to acknowledge or to respect believers’ faith in God, regardless of the religion.”

However, warning against insulting other people’s faiths, Pope Francis, after the violent attacks of last January had said “to kill in the name of God is an absurdity”. The attack of January 7,2015 by terrorists, Said Kouachi and Cherif killed 12 people of at the Paris office of the magazine.


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