Martin Scorsese gets audience with pope
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is getting Vatican-style red carpet treatment, meeting today with Pope Francis after screening his new film, “Silence,” in Rome.
The film is about two Jesuit missionaries who search for their mentor in 17th-century Japan, where Christians were persecuted. The plot is likely of interest to the pope, who as a young man joined the Jesuit order in hopes of becoming a missionary in Japan.
He never made it because of his health, but he has spoken out frequently about the church’s past and present martyrs.
The film was being screened Tuesday for Jesuit priests at a pontifical university.
The Vatican said Pope Francis would receive Scorsese today in the Apostolic Palace before his general audience.
The pontiff has met with several Hollywood celebrities, including Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio. Francis
Director Martin Scorsese will meet today with Pope Francis after screening his film “Silence” in Rome.