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L'Osservatore Romano praises Beatles, dismissive of Lennon's 'more popular than Jesus' claim

November 24, 2008

The official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has suggested that the infamous statement by John Lennon of the Beatles-- who outraged many people in 1966 by saying that the band was "more popular than Jesus"-- should be recognized as "the boasting of an English working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success." In an editorial marking the 40th anniversary for the "White Album," L'Osservatore Romano said that the influence of the Beatles has shown "an extraordinary resistance to the effects of time, providing inspiration for several generations of pop musicians."


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