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Posted: June 17th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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The Vatican has banned the makers of "Angels and Demons," which is the follow-up to "Da Vinci Code," from shooting scenes not only in the Vatican but in any church in Rome on the ground that it is "an offence against God" and "wounds common religious feelings." [via TimesOnline]

Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, head of the Vatican's Prefecture for Economic Affairs, said that author Dan Brown had "turned the Gospels upside down to poison the faith. It would be unacceptable to transform churches into film sets so that his blasphemous novels can be made into mendacious films in the name of business."

Father Marco Fibbi, spokesman for the diocese of Rome, said: "Normally we read the script, but this time it was not necessary. The name Dan Brown was enough." The Vatican fiercely condemned both the novel "The Da Vinci Code" and its film version, which starred Tom Hanks as the Harvard professor Robert Langdon.

Hanks also stars in "Angels and Demons" which is once again directed by Ron Howard. Published before "The Da Vinci Code," the plot revolves around a sinister elite known as The Illuminati who try to seize control of the papacy during a conclave to elect a new Pope.

Key scenes are set in the Vatican and two Rome churches, Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria. In both churches cardinals are murdered and mutilated with mysterious marks and symbols. Father Antonio Truda, parish priest at Santa Maria del Popolo, said that there was "no question" of allowing scenes to be shot there. "It's bad enough having to put up with tour guides explaining the scene to tourists," he said.

Vatican officials said that they had been unable to prevent the filmmakers shooting exterior shots of St Peter's and the surrounding medieval streets of the Borgo, with the permission of the local borough council. However the marble halls and staircases of the former Royal Palace at Caserta near Naples are having to be used to double for Vatican interiors.

Click here to read more about "Angels and Demons."

Source: TimesOnline


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