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Church condemns 'blasphemou?s' movie
Christians support Muslims over 'offensive' filmFather Aftab James Paul reading out the Church statement
- ucanews.com reporter, Faisalabad
- September 17, 2012
The Diocesan Commission for Interfaith Dialogue issued a statement on Saturday, expressing outrage over the controversial movie â€“ Innocence of Muslims.
â€śThe movie has hurt spiritual and religious sentiments of Muslims as well as Christians worldwide. The Vatican, like leaders of other countries, has condemned its release and promotion. This is a huge blow to world peace and efforts for interfaith harmony,â€ť the statement said.
It concluded with a call for the arrest of movie maker Sam Becile and Terry Jones, an American pastor who publicly supported the movie. Jones achieved notoriety and offended Muslims by burning the Quâ€™ran in April.
Father Aftab James Paul, director of the commission, said the Church hoped to avoid a possible backlash against Christians by showing support to Muslims over theÂ controversial film.
On Friday a large banner was also hung on the gates of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.Â â€śWe strongly condemn the blasphemous American-made movie against the Holy Prophetâ€ť, it said.
It was undersigned by Bishop Rufin Anthony, apostolic administrator of Faisalabad diocese, and the â€śChristian community of Pakistan.â€ť
The banner was put up as violent protests gathered momentum following Friday sermons attacking the controversial movie.
â€śBurn a Quâ€™ranâ€ť pastor backed the film that sparked carnage