Saudi Arabia Bans Magazine Cover Featuring Pope Francis

Could the Pope provoke a revolution in Saudi Arabia?

Could the Pope provoke a revolution in Saudi Arabia?

National Geographic issue not allowed for ‘cultural reasons’

Saudi Arabia has banned the Arabic version of National Geographic magazine, which features an image of Pope Francis.

Although the US-based company has yet to comment on the incident, it is believed that the Islamic country took offence to the image of the Catholic Pontiff.

Alsaad Omar al-Menhaly, the magazine’s editor-in-chief for Saudi Arabia, issued a statement on Twitter in which he said: “Dear readers in Saudi Arabia, we apologize that you did not receive August’s magazine. According to the distribution company, the magazine was refused entry for cultural reasons.”

The magazine’s headline, which suggested that the Pope was leading a “quiet revolution”, may also have upset a regime concerned about possible unrest.

While Saudi Arabia has admitted not a single Syrian refugee in four years, the tiny Vatican City State is taking two refugee families in this week, and Pope Francis has called for Catholics across Europe to welcome Syrians, regardless of their religion.

Author: Louise Fitchard

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  • Harry_VI

    and this is a country which is viewed by the west as progressively tolerant!!!! If you ask me they’re on a backward regression to the middle ages!!

  • flappy668

    don’t muslims believe in Jesus Christ?! Then why are they shunning the leader of the Christian faith!