The Holy See is denouncing the offensive portrayal of Jesus and his Blessed Mother on a commercial channel of Israeli television.

A Vatican press office communiqué noted Friday that Catholic leaders in the Holy Land “publicly expressed the disappointment and protest of Christians in regard to the recent broadcasts on Israeli private television Channel 10 in which the Lord Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary are ridiculed with blasphemous words and images.”

In continued, “Government officials, who were immediately contacted by the apostolic nuncio, promptly assured their intervention with the aim of stopping these broadcasts and obtaining public apologies from the station.”

The Holy See assured Holy Land Christians of its solidarity, affirming that the “vulgar and offensive act of intolerance of the religious sentiments of believers in Christ is deplored.” The statement also noted “the very grave offense against the children of Israel, which Jesus and Mary of Nazareth were.”