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If you can't beat them

02 November 2006


The Dean and Chapter of Manchester Cathedral are advertising a "Da Vinci mass" with a spoof of the Da Vinci Code poster (seen above).

In the line-up are Canon Andrew Shanks, Canon Anne Hollinghurst, the Very Revd Rogers Govender, Canon Robin Gamble, and the Ven. Andrew Ballard. Controversy continues about the film, which opens today. An ORB poll of 1005 adults found that 60 per cent of those who had read the novel thought that there was truth to the claim that Jesus had fathered a child with Mary Magdalene; 17 per cent thought that Opus Dei was a murderous sect. India has delayed the launch of the film in response to protests; and Christians in Thailand have urged censors to cut the final 15 minutes. Features

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