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Vatican makes peace with Beatles

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SHOTLIST AP Television FILE: London UK - July 2 1964 1. VS Beatles arriving at London airport AP Television Rome, Italy, April 12 2010 2. Wide of press conference 3. Medium of Giovanni Maria Vian, Editor in Chief of Vatican Newspaper 4. SOUNDBITE Giovanni Maria Vian, Editor-in-chief, L''Osservatore Romano, Vatican Newspaper (Italian) " As far as the Beatles are concerned, let''s say that the Osservatore Romano had made peace with them already half a century ago, in the sense that, when there was the famous scandalous comment that they were "more famous than Jesus", I don''t remember which of the four said it, there was, yes, it was Lennon, the Osservatore Romano commented that it reality it wasn''t that scandalous, because the fascination with Jesus was so great that it attracted these new heroes of the time. I obviously like the Beatles a lot, naturally." 5. Pan down of L''Osservatore Romano ending on Beatles article and photo on cover 6. Pan across paper to article on Beatles titled, " The seven years that shook up music" 7. Close up of first line translated "It is true they did drugs and overwhelmed by success they lived dissolute and uninhibited years, and they even said they were more famous than Jesus." 8. Pan up drawing of Beatles to drawing of Jesus on cross Universal Archives - 1964 9. Various The Beatles arrive in New York for their first American tour STORYLINE ABSOLUTION FOR BEING "BIGGER THAN JESUS" Forty years after the Fab Four went their separate ways, the Vatican has finally forgiven The Beatles for John Lennon''s comment that they were " more famous than Jesus." In an article headlined "Seven Years that Shook Music" the Vatican newspaper ''L''Osservatore Romano'' forgives the band its excesses of "drugs and blasphemy" and described the group as a "precious jewel". The editorial notes, "it is true they did drugs and overwhelmed by success they lived dissolute and uninhibited years, and they even said they were more famous than Jesus..." but concludes that listening to their music now, these things seem "distant and insignificant." Christians were dismayed by John Lennon''s claim in 1966 that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink I needn''t argue about that," the singer said. The article added: "Thirteen albums changed the history of popular music and there is little else to add ... The Beatles were the most famous and acclaimed band in the world. "Forty years later, The Beatles still astound with their originality and they are a consolation against the continual assault on music lovers by the record industry." You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/312e6747be38c77251956b8bd055959e Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork