Chirstians outraged over Jesus's picture on wine

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Shillong, Feb 1 (UNI) The North East India Christian Council (NEICC) today criticised printing of a picture of Jesus Christ with an advertisement of Meghalaya's Royale Vintner Port Wine on a single sheet calendar.

The picture of Christ, accompanied by an extract from the Lord's Prayer, along with three prominent churches, shown in the background of the calendar has irked the Christians of the Northeast.

''The Council has taken a serious note of this aberration and sending of a wrong message of as if Port Wine is identified with the Christian faith. It seems from reading the verse from the Bible that calendar vindicates consumption of wine,'' NEICC secretary Pastor NS Phawa said.

He said the Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church and All Saints Cathedral had questioned the 'unauthorised incorporation' of the three church buildings in the calendar.

The NEICC asked the advertiser to immediately stop distribution of the calendar in the market and demanded an unqualified apology from the makers.

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