The Ratzinger Code? Pope uses publisher of Dan Brown


VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – January 31, 2007. If Pope Benedict hopes his first book will sell like Dan Brown "The Da Vinci Code," he wound up with the right U.S. publisher. Doubleday, the company that sold Brown book about Jesus fathering children -- which the Vatican branded as blasphemous -- is also handling the American market for Benedict's book about the life of Christ. The Vatican's publisher distanced itself from the decision-making process in a statement on Tuesday, but Italian media still poked fun at the choice of Doubleday. Only last year, a Vatican cardinal threatened legal action as the book was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, staring Tom Hanks. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, now Vatican secretary of state, called it a "sack full of lies" and called for a boycott. Il Giornale newspaper jokingly declared in a front-page story that the Pope, former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was now about to put out a "`Ratzinger Code`" of his own.

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