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Vatican Forgives John Lennon for Jesus Jibe

The Vatican newspaper forgave John Lennon this week for his 1966 boast that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, FOX News reported.

The late English singer told a British newspaper that he did not know whether Christianity or rock and roll would die out first, the BBC said.

Lennon’s comment enraged Christians, especially in the United States where some burned the Beatles’ records at gatherings in huge pyres, MSNBC said.

"The remark by John Lennon, which triggered deep indignation mainly in the United States, after many years sounds only like a 'boast' by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success, after growing up in the legend of Elvis and rock and roll," Osservatore Romano, the Vatican daily said, according to MSNBC.

The newspaper went on the praise the musical talent of the Beattles, FOX News reported.

"The fact remains that 38 years after breaking up, the songs of the Lennon-McCartney brand have shown an extraordinary resistance to the passage of time, becoming a source of inspiration for more than one generation of pop musicians," the newspaper said.