The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), on Monday morning (December 29), warned the public of an erroneous statement shirt for the Papal Visit bearing the phrase “No Race, No Religion.” The quote being used for the statement shirt was being attributed to Pope Francis and was available for pre-orders online for P250 per piece.
The CBCP posted the warning on their official Twitter account:
— Papal Visit 2015 (@papalvisitph) December 29, 2014
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN has released a statement of apology for previously selling the particular statement shirt that offended the CBCP.
The statement goes:
ABS-CBN assures the public that there was no intent to deceive or mislead the public through the commemorative shirts that carry statements inspired by Pope Francis’ message of love, openness, and humility.
We apologize if a particular statement shirt offended anyone. We are pulling out the item from our online shop and all retail partner stores.
–Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN spokesman