So far, Angelina Jolie has met with, refugees, royalty and rock stars. On Thursday, the famous actress, director and U.N. special envoy added pontiff to her list.
Jolie has met with Pope Francis briefly after her latest movie “Unbroken” has been screened to several officials and ambassadors from Vatican.
According to the Vatican, Angelina Jolie was with two of her children on hand at the Pontifical Academy for Sciences in order to screen the movie. The movie tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic track star who crashed in the Pacific with B-24 bomber during World War II. Zamperini and two crewmates managed to survive on a raft for 47 days, only to be captured by the Japanese army.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the movie shows “positive human and spiritual values, in particular forgiveness.” Pope Francis did not watch the movie, but he has exchanged several words with Angelina Jolie after she came back to the Apostolic Palace, with her brother, two children and a cast member.
Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, who is pope’s good friend and the Argentine head of the pontifical academy, has arranged the meeting. The photos of the encounter at the Vatican show Angelina Jolie, dressed in a demure black suit as papal protocol requires. Jolie has gently clasped Francis’s hands and smiled in the silk brocaded ‘Throne Room,’ where the heads of states were usually greeted by Pope Francis.
Lombardi stressed that the meeting was a brief and cordial greeting, rather then a formal audience per se. Pope Francis paid particular attention to Angelina Jolie and two of her children, giving them souvenirs from Vatican. “It all lasted just a few minutes, even though it was naturally very significant for those present.” – He said.
“Unbroken” movie has sought to appeal to audience who is faith-based, since Zamperini has been an inspirational speaker of Christianity, who has attributed his survival to his faith. Even though, the movie didn’t focus on Zamperini’s Christianity, in box-offices in North America it’s a success. The movie, which has been partly based on the interest of movie-going faithful, earned $90.7 million in just two weeks.