ROME: The Catholic Church has officially sanctioned the movie The Blues Brothers, a story of two musicians who redeem their thieving past, filthy mouths and bad attitudes.

The Vatican's official newspaper said the 1980 film was a "Catholic classic" and should be recommended viewing for Catholics everywhere, reported.

The film, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, was born out of a Saturday Night Live skit about two blues performers.

John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd played Jake and Elwood Blues, two "blood brothers" from a Catholic orphanage who grew up to a wild life of crime.