The official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has paid tribute to Charlie Brown's for achieving success 'without taking recourse to vulgarity'. It says the late Charles M. Schulz, gave 'a lesson of moral cleanliness to young cartoonists and short story writers: psychology and romanticism can create situations that make one smile'.
   The creator of the Peanuts cartoons died last Sunday.
   Writing in L'Osservatore Romano, Domenico Volpi said: "He made the comic popular, allowing everyone -- from the common people to professors, to realise the communicative possibilities of this language and he ennobled it, elevating it to the level of art and of expression of thought."
   He sai: "This is a lesson in style that should make movie and television authors reflect, who look too avidly for an easy laugh, perhaps because they do not know anything else."
   Schulz himself gave his approval to the trilogy dedicated to the theology of Peanuts written by US author Robert L. Short. Short's books present Charlie Brown's and his friends' ups and downs as a clear example of harmony between art and faith.
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