VATICAN CITY (AP) One of Hollywood’s biggest stars met with the Catholic Church’s Holy Father yesterday. Actress Angelina Jolie traveled to the Vatican with her daughters to screen her latest movie, “Unbroken.”
The actress, director and U.N. special envoy added pontiff to the list on Thursday, meeting with Pope Francis briefly after screening her film “Unbroken” to some Vatican officials and ambassadors.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the film shows “positive human and spiritual values, in particular forgiveness.”
Francis didn’t watch the film but exchanged a few words with Jolie afterward when she was brought up to the Apostolic Palace — along with the children, her brother and a cast member.
The meeting was arranged by the Argentine head of the pontifical academy, Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, who is a good friend of the pope’s.
Vatican photos of the encounter show Jolie, dressed in a demure black suit — as papal protocol requires — gently clasping Francis’ hands and smiling in the silk brocaded “Throne Room,” where Francis usually greets heads of state.
“It all lasted just a few minutes, even though it was naturally very significant for those present,” he said.
“Unbroken” has sought to appeal to faith-based audiences, given that Zamperini was a Christian inspirational speaker who attributed his survival to his faith. Though the film doesn’t focus on Zamperini’s Christianity, its North American box-office success ($90.7 million in two weeks) has been partly based on the interest of movie-going faithful.
Jolie explained Zamperini’s incredible story, including the role his faith played in saving his life, to the Pope while they met. She then said she was honored to have been invited to the Vatican, according to Italian news service La Repubblica.
“Being invited to project Unbroken at the Vatican is an honor and a tribute to the legacy of Louis, a man of faith that represents the strength of the human spirit.”
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Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction – 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV).
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry – 2 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV).
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: -2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 (KJV).