National Geographic banned by Saudis for Pope Cover

Our Ally Saudi Arabia Bans National Geographic Cover Featuring Pope Francis

Pope Francis has won praise around the world for advancing a more humble, tolerant version of Catholicism, but there’s one country that he evidently hasn’t won over. Saudi Arabia banned the August issue of the National Geographic’s Arabic edition, whose cover featured Francis standing in the Sistine Chapel, due to what the magazine said were “cultural reasons.”

“Dear readers in Saudi Arabia, we apologize that you did not receive August’s magazine,” read a statement published on National Geographic’s Arabic-language Twitter account, from the editor-in-chief, Alsaad Omar al-Menhaly. “According to the distribution company, the magazine was refused entry for cultural reasons.”

  • DMB

    I am pretty sure this would be more to the Saudi’s liking for the cover of the National Geographic magazine in Franken Pope new tolerant version of Cathollism.

  • Millie_Woods

    For once me and the Saudis are on the same page. It’s an omen.

  • Pope Emeritus Benedict would have seen that coming a mile away.

    And a real leader would know better than to trust the Saudis.

    • mauser 98

      am not a Catholic no axe to grind , i just don’t like this guy

  • mauser 98

    won’t let a magazine in or Syrian terrorists/ tourists

  • David Murrell

    Mighty open-minded of Saudi Arabia, banning a magazine.

  • Dana Garcia

    The Saudis may expect Francis to smooch the koran with a big dhimmi kiss, like his predecessor.

    • His predecessors helped bring down communism and drew the wrath of millions of fire-bombing Muslims.