The folks at Benetton are back on good terms with the big guy upstairs now that they've settled their dispute with the Vatican.
In case you forgot, Pope Benedict sicked his legal team on Benetton last year over an ad that showed His Holiness kissing Imam Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb.
Now, almost 6 months later, both parties have
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Well that certainly didn't take long!
The Vatican is raising hell over Benetton's new UNHATE Foundation campaign, specifically the ad that shows Pope Benedict kissing Imam Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb.
On Thursday the Vatican released a statement saying their lawyers in Italy and around the world will "take the proper legal measures" to stop the distribution of the unauthorized photo, even in the media.
The statement adds:
"This is a grave lack of respect for the pope, an offense against the sentiments of the faithful and a clear example of how advertising can violate elementary rules of respect for people in order to attract attention through provocation."
Benetton has since removed the ad from their website and issued their own statement and apologized to those who were offended.
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