VATICAN CITY (AP) - Vatican media are praising the Beatles'musical legacy and sounding philosophical about John Lennon's boast that the British band was more popular than Jesus.
A Vatican newspaper (L'Osservatore Romano) recalls that Lennon's
comment outraged many when he made it in 1966.
But it says that the remark can be written off now as the bragging of a young man wrestling with unexpected success.
The Beatles often dealt with issues of love, war, peace and justice through different phases of their personal and musical development and through several albums.
The Vatican's comments were triggered by last week's 40th anniversary of the Beatles "White Album."
The newspaper as well as Vatican Radio last week noted the anniversary, saying the album demonstrated how creative the Beatles
were, compared with what it called the "standardized, stereotypical" songs being produced today.
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