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1/9/2015 (4 years ago)
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Glamour icon and director Angelina Jolie met with Pope Francis at the Vatican after a screening of her film "Unbroken," about Olympic track star and prisoner-of-war Louis Zamperini. Vatican representative the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the film shows "positive human and spiritual values, in particular forgiveness."

Glamour icon and director Angelina Jolie met with Pope Francis at the Vatican after a screening of her film 'Unbroken,' about Olympic track star and prisoner-of-war Louis Zamperini.

Glamour icon and director Angelina Jolie met with Pope Francis at the Vatican after a screening of her film "Unbroken," about Olympic track star and prisoner-of-war Louis Zamperini.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
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1/9/2015 (4 years ago)

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Keywords: Angelina Jolie, 'Unbroken, ' Pope Francis, Vatican, meeting

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis did not watch the film. He exchanged a few words with Jolie afterward when she was brought up to the Apostolic Palace, along with her children, her brother and a cast member.

The meeting was arranged by the Argentine head of the pontifical academy, Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo.

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The film "Unbroken" is seeking to find a faith-based audience.

The film "Unbroken" is seeking to find a faith-based audience.

Lombardi stressed that the meeting was not a formal audience, but rather a brief, cordial greeting in which the pope paid particular attention to Jolie and the children, giving them Vatican souvenirs.

"It all lasted just a few minutes, even though it was naturally very significant for those present," he said.

The film "Unbroken" is seeking to find a faith-based audience. Zamperini was a Christian inspirational speaker who attributed his survival to his faith. While "Unbroken" does not focus on Zamperini's Christianity, its North American box-office success at $90.7 million in two weeks has been partly based on the interest of movie-going faithful.

Director Jolie was joined by Luke Zamperini, the son of the Olympic runner.

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A delegation of Vatican leaders attended the screening, held at the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. "To be invited to screen 'Unbroken' at the Vatican is an honor and a tribute to Louie's legacy as a man of faith and someone who exemplified the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit," Jolie said in the press release.

The attention "Unbroken" has garnered from the Vatican is reminiscent of last year's "Philomena" screening. The subject of Stephen Frears' movie, 81-year-old devout Catholic Philomena Lee, whose baby was sold for adoption by a group of nuns years earlier attended the event and met Pope Francis. "Philomena" went on to receive four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.


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