LATEST: Pop superstar Michael Jackson has laughed off reports he has been approached by the Vatican to sing a selection of late pontiff POPE JOHN PAUL II's prayers.

The THRILLER hitmaker, currently living in Bahrain, was reportedly approached by the Millennium Music Society's REVERAND GIUSEPPE MOSCATI to set the 24 prayers and chants to music.

Jackson's spokeswoman Raymone Bain has denied the claims, saying, "(Michael) is unaware of this project.

"Contrary to published reports in Italy, and the United States, Michael Jackson has not participated in any discussions with the Vatican or Edizioni Musicali Terzo Millennio, an Italian music label specializing in religious songs, to record music to Pope John Paul II's prayers."

However, Bain admits Jackson was approached by the Catholic Church in 2005 during his high-profile child molestation court battle.

She adds, "Because he was in trial at the time, he was not able to focus on it."