Grocery chain Lidl accused of kowtowing to Muslims by airbrushing crosses from ad featuring historic Italian church

The supermarket chain Lidl has been accused of airbrushing out crosses from a historic church in Italy so as not to offend its non-Christian customers.

The case follows a similar controversy last month involving packaging for a range of Greek food in which the crosses on top of a blue-domed church on the Greek island of Santorini were removed by the German-owned chain.

The latest row involves the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate in the picturesque village of Dolceacqua in the northwestern region of Liguria.