News

Vatican’s ‘culture minister’ tweets Lou Reed song

Vatican’s ‘culture minister’ tweets Lou Reed song

TWEET TRIBUTE: Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi of Italy arrives for a meeting in the Synod Hall at the Vatican. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican’s 71-year-old culture minister, paid his own tribute on Monday to the late rocker Lou Reed, tweeting one of his best-known songs before clarifying he was not condoning any reference to drugs some have seen in the song.

Ravasi, an Italian who is the same age as Reed was when he died on Sunday, tweeted the third verse from Reed’s song “Perfect Day”.

“Oh, it’s such a perfect day/I’m glad I spent it with you/Oh, such a perfect day/You just keep me hanging on”.

There have been many interpretations of the song’s meaning, ranging from drugs to a simple love story.

Just to make sure no-one thought Ravasi was condoning the use of drugs, he later tweeted a Bible passage that warns against “illusions” and noted that Reed quoted from the passage when he spoke in the song about reaping what one sows.

Ravasi is a Bible expert who represents the Roman Catholic Church to the worlds of art, culture, science and even to atheists and says he is a firm believer in the power of contemporary culture.

Reed, whose most famous hit, “Walk on the Wild Side” included themes such as transvestites and prostitution, died on Sunday in Long Island, New York from complications from a liver transplant.

Recent Headlines

1 hour ago in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: May 26

Fresh
stevienicks

A look back on some of Hollywood's most memorable headlines.

2 hours ago in Local Sports

Sluggin’ Seattle: Lind’s 6 RBIs lead Mariners past A’s 13-3

Fresh
Joaquín Benoit with a scoreless eighth to turn it right back over to the bats. #Mariners up big, 12-3.

The AL West-leading Mariners won their 11th series of the season, this time behind Lind's hitting.

3 hours ago in Sports

Sharks head to 1st Cup final after 5-2 win over Blues

It's finally happening for these guys. #StanleyCup

The Stanley Cup starts Monday night.

3 hours ago in Sports

LeBron, Love power Cavaliers to 116-78 romp over Raptors

.@cavs defeat the @Raptors 116-78 & take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals! James 23p/6r/8a. #CAVSvRAPTORS

Back on their home court following two straight losses in Canada, the Cavs opened a 34-point lead in the first half and never slowed while taking a 3-2 series lead.

4 hours ago in Local Sports

Washington beats Stanford to win NCAA golf title

CHAMPS

Washington freshman Julianne Alvarez atoned for a three-putt bogey on the 18th hole with two tough par saves to win the decisive match in 20 holes and deliver the Huskies their first NCAA golf title.