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Thursday, 7 May 2009

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In a piece in Wednesday's edition of a Vatican newspaper, The Daily Inquisition, it called Ron Howard's film "a videogame that first of all sparks curiosity and is also, maybe, a bit of fun, if you're into going to hell in a handbasket. Other than that, rather jolly flick."

The Vatican made no comment about The Da Vinci Code when it came out in 2006, totally ignoring it altogether.

Following Angels' premiere in Rome on Monday, however, L'Osservatore Romano as well as The Daily Inquisition broke its wind to concede the film was "gripping" with "splendid" visuals and drug-type visions.

In essence, the papers say, the movie was "a gigantic and smart commercial operation as is usually the case when dealing with the devil. He'll see that it's a winner.

They also stated that as usual, it was filled with historical inaccuracies and "stereotyped characters".

It suggested the church should consider rethinking the way it presents itself in the media, rather than regarding the success of the works of author Dan Brown as a threat. It should simply call them the works of the possessed and let it go.

"It would probably be an exaggeration to consider the books an alarm bell," the newspapers opined. "More like a gong!"

"But maybe they should be a stimulus to rethink and refresh the way the Church uses the media to explain its positions on today's burning issues....and speaking of burning....."

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