Martin Scors­ese gets au­di­ence with pope

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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

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Di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese will meet to­day with Pope Fran­cis af­ter screen­ing his film “Si­lence” in Rome.

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