London, Mar 24 (ANI): The Vatican is considering calling for a boycott of Angels and Demons, the prequel to Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code.
The film starring Tom Hanks, which is based on the novel by Dan Brown, opens worldwide on May 15.
Avvenire, the Vatican's official newspaper, says in its latest edition that the church "cannot approve" of the film.
According to Italian newspaper La Stampa, the Vatican will soon call on Catholics to boycott the film.
However, the same article quoted Archbishop Velasio De Paolis warning that a boycott might create a "boomerang effect" by giving the movie publicity.
In the latest film, Hanks will be seen reprising his role as Harvard professor Robert Langdon. However, this time round he is on a mission to save the Vatican from being destroyed by a canister of anti-matter, reports The Telegraph.
Father Marco Fibbi, a Vatican spokesman, said: "Usually we read the script but in this case it wasn't necessary. Just the name Dan Brown was enough."
The Catholic Church was infuriated by The Da Vinci Code, which suggested that Jesus may have been secretly married to Mary Magdalene. (ANI)