12/22/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Vatican Forgives John Lennon For Infamous "We're More Popular Than Jesus" Remark

Saturday's edition of the Vatican's official newspaper absolves John Lennon of his notorious remark, saying that "after so many years it sounds merely like the boasting of an English working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success".

In a lengthy editorial marking the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' famous White Album, L'Osservatore Romano heaps lavish praise on the British band.

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