Church sorry for prophet cartoon
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LONDON, England -- The Anglican Church in Wales has apologized to Muslims after a cartoon satirizing the Prophet Mohammed was printed in its Welsh-language magazine.
The Church in Wales immediately recalled all copies of the latest edition of Y Llan -- meaning church -- following the reproduction of the cartoon.
The drawing -- reprinted from the French magazine France Soir -- satirizes the Prophet Mohammed by depicting him sitting on a heavenly cloud with Buddha and Christian and Muslim deities.
He is being told: "Don't complain ... we've all been caricatured here."
The cartoon was used to illustrate an article about the shared ancestry of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
Most of the Muslim world consider the depiction of the Muslim prophet to be blasphemous and banned by the Islamic holy book, the Quran.
Similar images in European papers sparked violent global protests around the world last month.
Sion Brynach, spokesman for the Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, told the Press Association on Tuesday: "The Church in Wales is thoroughly investigating how this cartoon came to be reproduced in Y Llan.
"Despite the publication's small circulation, we are concerned about the possibility of causing any offence to the Muslim community in Wales -- with whom the church in Wales has an excellent relationship -- as a result of the reproduction of this cartoon."
A letter from the archbishop has been sent to all subscribers to the magazine requesting that they return all the estimated 400 or so copies.
Morgan has also apologized to the Muslim Council of Wales for any offence caused.
A statement issued by the church in Wales said the bishops had already "made it clear" they regretted the publication of the cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in various European publications and the offence that these have caused the Muslim community.
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