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Nakoula Basseley Nakoula will go before a judge today to determine if he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction. If found guilty, he could be returned to prison.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nakoula's probation bans him from accessing the internet. Nakoula is suspected of violating his probation because an anti-Muslim film created by him appeared on YouTube.
That film, "The Innocence of Muslims" depicts the Islamic prophet Mohammed in a critical manner and sparked outrage in the Muslim world in September.
Advocates for Nakoula say the violation is simply a means of punishing him for exercising his free speech in a manner which raised anger in the Muslim world.
If convicted, Nakoula could face two years in prison.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.