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Scorsese meets the Pope in Vatican City

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 01:24

Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese after a special screening in Rome of the Oscar-winning director's new film ''Silence''. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.

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It was certainly an unusual meeting - but the Pope and Martin Scorcese seemed to get on. Meeting in Vatican City after a screening of the director's new film 'Silence', which focuses on Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan. As part of the meeting, the pair discussed Japanese paintings of Christian icons. SOUNDBITE Film Director, Martin Scorsese, Saying (English): "It is a Japanese artist from the 17th century. And the original is in the 26th Martyr (museum). This is the most revered image for the hidden Christian." The encounter held special significance for the 79-year-old Pope. He is a member of the Jesuit order and, as a young priest in Argentina, wanted to go to Japan as a missionary but could not for health reasons. For Scorsese, who once considered becoming a priest, the meeting was also significant - coming almost thirty years after many conservative Church leaders condemned his 1988 film "The Last Temptation of Christ". 'Silence' stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver and is due to premiere in the United States in December.

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Scorsese meets the Pope in Vatican City

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 01:24