June 18, 2008

‘Angels & Demons’ Banned From Vatican


by Rachael Grant

Angels and Demons, the latest movie from Dan Brown (and prequel to The Da Vinci Code), has been banned by The Vatican from being shot in both The Vatican, and any other church in Rome, being cited as an offence against God.

According to a spokesman for diocese of Rome – Father Marco Fibbi, Angels and Demons, whose plot features an elite group called The Illuminati taking control of the papacy during the election of a new Pope, was refused as soon as they heard the author’s name.

During an interview with the magazine Sorrisi e Canzoni (Smiles and Songs), Fibbi revealed that filming permission at The Vatican is always allowed when the movie is about Saints, but with the questionable content of Dan Brown’s work, filming couldn’t possibly be allowed.

Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, head of the Vatican’s Prefecture for Economic Affairs, says that Brown has poisoned the faith with his use of the gospel, and it is therefore inappropriate for the movie to be filmed in and around the Vatican, despite key scenes in the book being set there, as well as in two Rome churches – Santa Maria del Popolo, and Santa Maria della Vittoria.

Cardinals in the movie are murdered in both churches.

Permission to film outside St Peter’s and in the streets of Borgo has been granted by the local borough council.

The scenes that were due to be shot in The Vatican will now be shot on a soundstage.

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