VATICAN CITY (AFP) - The Vatican's top cultural official on Friday hit out at sermons he said were too often dreary and bland and urged Catholic priests not to shy away from spicing up their preaching. Speaking at a conference, Cardinal Gianfranco said preaching in churches "was so dull and vapid that it had become quite meaningless." To yank drowsy church-goers to attention, the Italian cardinal urged priests to jazz up their vocabulary and not be afraid of letting the "scandal" contained in the Bible erupt from the pulpit. Ravasi argued that priests needed to be in sync with their time and adapt to a high-paced, tech-savvy world.