Sunday 18 February 2018

Pope chats with director Martin Scorsese about new film Silence

Martin Scorsese met the Pope to talk about his new film Silence
Martin Scorsese met the Pope to talk about his new film Silence

Pope Francis has met director Martin Scorsese - whose new film Silence, about Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan, was screened this week in Rome.

The Vatican said that during the pontiff's "very cordial" meeting with Mr Scorsese, Francis mentioned he had read the novel on which the film is based.

Pope Francis is a Jesuit who joined the order while a young man in Argentina with the idea of becoming a missionary in Japan. But health problems scuttled that dream.

Pope Francis thanked Mr Scorsese for his gift of two paintings.

The work of an 18th-century Japanese artist, the paintings served as a reference for some of the details in the film.

Some 300 Jesuits studying or working in Rome attended the screening on Tuesday at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.

Mr Scorsese answered the audience's questions afterwards.

AP

Press Association

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