Vatican ‘forgives’ John Lennon

November 23rd, 2008 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 23 (IANS) A Vatican newspaper has forgiven the late English singer John Lennon for saying four decades ago that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus, BBC reported.In an article praising The Beatles, L’Osservatore Romano said Lennon had just been showing off.

Lennon told a British newspaper in 1966 that he did not know which would die out first, Christianity or rock and roll.

At the time, the comparison sparked controversy in the US.

The semi-official Vatican newspaper marked the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ “White Album” with an article praising Lennon and the Fab Four from Liverpool.

The paper praised The Beatles for what it called their “unique and strange alchemy of sounds and words”.

The newspaper said The Beatles’s songs had shown an extraordinary capacity for survival and the White Album remained a “magical musical anthology”.

Although Pope Benedict is no admirer of modern pop culture, he now allows the newspaper of the Vatican state to reflect the reality of the world outside in a way that would have been unthinkable in the days of Pope Paul VI who reigned during heyday of The Beatles.

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