Contest Directions: [ Vatican security around Pope Benedict XVI has been tightened after the Pope's harsh remarks on Islam and Mohammed got muslims around the world extremely angry. Even though Vatican officials issued a statement that the pope regrets his comments, musilms say that 'regret' is not enough and they want a personal apology from the pope. ] OK, we all know that President's speeches are written by his staff speechwriters, but who writes speeches for the pope? God? This time the pope did not read them well enough, and now muslims want a personal apology. And by personal apology they mean saying five Hail Marys, five Our Fathers, and doing five cartwheels in front of all muslims.
In this contest you are asked to photoshop increased tightened security around Pope Benedict XVI any way you see it. Lots of cardinals with guns protecting the pope? Pope in bullet-proof clothes? It's your call.
Started: 9/17/2006 06:00
Ended: 9/19/2006 06:00
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This contest is fueled by the following news: It is reported in the Italian media that the security around His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has been beefed up significantly since the angry responses to his remarks about Islam. The Pope is expected to end up delivering his weekly sermon on Sunday from his summer home. It remains unclear whether the Pope will comment further on the uproar that has followed his initial comments about Islam. He delivered a speech in Germany (his homeland) last week in which he quoted Manual II Paleologus, a 14th century Byzantine Emperor, who said: "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." The Vatican has issued statements that the Pope is upset that his words offended some people. The Vatican Secretary of State made it clear that the Pope admires and esteems Muslims. There are in the Muslim world who are maintaining that the Pope's comments following his speech have not gone far enough. For example, Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Leader Mohammed Habib said the Pope needed to issue a full and complete personal apology.