Vatican radio has agreed to lower the frequency of its "Top of the Popes" style radio output after fears that it may be helping its parishioners to meet their maker a little early.
The station, which broadcasts the Pope's speeches, was broadcasting world wide at 27 volts per metre, which is the broadcast equivalent of setting phases to kill. The maximum setting allowed in Italy is six volts, which the Pope's radio station has the infallible right to avoid because it is built in a separate sovereign state.
According to a Vatican spokesperson, the transmitters were built in the days when the site was miles away from any incarnate human, but today 100,000 people live within stun range of the transmitters.
The Vatican initially sparked an unholy row with the Italian government by refusing to change the frequency, with the station manager, Father Federico Lombardi, dubbing the government "immoral" for scaremongering. But government officials would have had none of it. They said there could be a link between the broadcasts and some local leukaemia cases.
However, this week, in what Father Lombardi called an "act of good faith", Vatican radio agreed to reduce its broadcasts to Italian levels and set up sub-stations to carry on its broadcasts.
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