The ads feature American President Barack Obama kissing both Chinese President Hu Jintao and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
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The New York Daily News reports:
But Benetton’s so-called “Unhate” ad campaign, launched Wednesday, generated an immediate and angry rebuke from the Vatican.
“This is a grave lack of respect for the Pope,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said of the photo manipulation that shows the Pope smooching Egyptian Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb.