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Tuesday, July 13, 1999 Published at 01:03 GMT 02:03 UK

World: Americas

Mexican Church criticises Star Wars film

A magazine published by the Catholic Church in Mexico has condemned the latest Star Wars movie as undermining traditional Christian teachings.

The magazine accuses film director George Lucas of using stories from the bible to tap into what it describes as the spirtual emptiness of our time.

Instead of promoting a belief in God, the article suggests, the movie promotes popular New Age philosophies that are spiritually hollow.

But Star Wars supporters have dismissed the criticism, saying the film is a good old-fashioned fantasy about good guys and bad guys. Tens of thousands of Mexicans have been smashing local box office records by flocking to cinemas to watch the film

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