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    Senior Member Country: England Maurice's Avatar
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    Daily Telegraph

    by Nick Squires, Rome:



    Many would consider them a rather ungodly collection of rockers, Sixties drug-takers and hell-raisers.



    But they have all been given the holy seal of approval in a Vatican list of the top 10 rock and pop albums of all time.



    Choral music and canticles make up its normal areas of interest but the new chart includes The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Oasis.



    The Holy See's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said the 10 albums were the perfect listening material for anyone who found themselves marooned on a desert island.



    The paper said its "semi-serious" list including Michael Jackson, U2 and Carlos Santana was offered as an alternative to the cheesy tunes that traditionally feature at the San Remo music festival in Liguria, in north-eastern Italy, which starts today.



    Aside from British and American artists, the only other nationality to be represented was Ireland, with U2's ACHTUNG BABY, released in 1991. No Italian groups or singers appeared in the top 10.



    L'Osservatore Romano said in an editorial yesterday:

    "A little handbook of musical resistance could be useful at this time of the year in which, in addition to having to put up with the rigours of winter, we have to endure a rising tide of music festivals."



    Until recently, L'Osservatore Romano was the staid and stuffy journal of record for goings-on at the Vatican, but it is now trying to strike a more contemporary tone, commenting on everything from the Harry Potter books and films to The Simpsons and James Cameron's blockbuster AVATAR, which it called overly-sentimental and derivative.



    L'Osservatore Romano's choice in order of date of release:



    1. REVOLVER, The Beatles

    2. IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME, David Crosby

    3. THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, Pink Floyd

    4. RUMOURS, Fleetwood Mac

    5. THE NIGHTFLY, Donald Fagen

    6. THRILLER, Michael Jackson

    7. GRACELAND, Paul Simon

    8. ACHTUNG BABY, U2

    9. (What's the story) Morning Glory, Oasis

    10. SUPERNATURAL, Carlos Santana



    *Pope Benedict has been nominated for a Classical Brit.

    ALMA MATER - MUSIC FROM THE VATICAN was among the 10 biggest-selling classical albums of the past 12 months.



    Other contenders include Faryl Smith from 'Britain's Got Talent' and Rhydian Roberts from 'The X-Factor'.

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    Senior Member Country: Europe Bernardo's Avatar
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    Was it Cliff. Richards who said 'Why should the Devil have all the best tunes?' Judging by the fact that all Irish bishops have been summoned to Rome He may not have the best priests either :-)

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    Good to know that The Pope rates Michael Jackson's THRILLER so highly....One showman recognises another, perhaps ?

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    I don't like this at all. Either the Catholic church is the Catholic church, or it isn't. Either sin exists or it doesn't, and if it does, then either sinning and praising sinning is wrong or it isn't, and so on and so forth... If their magazine wants to get more up to date, then fine; let them comment on anything they want to, but surely their comments should be to some extent coherent with their professed beliefs. Is belief in God really something you want the Vatican to be "semi serious" about?

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    name='Bernardo']Judging by the fact that all Irish bishops have been summoned to Rome He may not have the best priests either :-)
    I've always said you don't have to be good to be a christian.



    Fortunately, you don't have to be a christian to be good, either.

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    When listening to Achtung Baby, I wonder what they make of Acrobat's line:



    And I'd join the movement

    If there was one I could believe in

    Yeah, I'd break bread and wine

    If there was a church I could receive in.

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    name='DB7']When listening to Achtung Baby, I wonder what they make of Acrobat's line:



    And I'd join the movement

    If there was one I could believe in

    Yeah, I'd break bread and wine

    If there was a church I could receive in.


    They most likely thought....



    "Protestant b****rds!!"

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