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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis briefly greeted actor Joseph Fiennes during his general audience on Wednesday.The Shakespeare in Love star was at the audience with his wife and two daughters. He was also accompanied by Argentinian actress Maria Botto, who appears with him in the new movie Risen.The two stars are in Rome to promote the film, in which Fiennes portrays Clavius, a Roman centurion given the task by Pontius Pilate of investigating the resurrection of Jesus. Botto plays Mary Magdalene.The film is scheduled to be released on 19 February.
(Vatican Radio) The Prefect of the recently established Secretariat for Communications, Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, has refuted press reports claiming Pope Francis “will play himself” in an upcoming film.The film production company ENVI Pictures issued a statement on Monday saying Pope Francis will appear in the film “Beyond the Sun.”“The Pope is not an actor,” Msgr. Viganò said.He added that no scenes for the movie were filmed “for purpose,” although he does not exclude “as has happened before, video clips of the Pope  could appear in the film.”Any profits from the film are being used to support two Argentinian charities for children.
By Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will not be an actor in a proposed movie based on the Gospels, a Vatican spokesmansaid.While details about how the pope may or may not beinvolved in the movie project are not yet known, it was clear the pope was notan actor and would not have an acting role as claimed by a film production company,the spokesman said Feb. 2.A Los Angeles-based entertainment publicity and marketingfirm said in a press release Feb. 1 that the pope would be "playinghimself in the family film 'Beyond the Sun' from AMBI Pictures."Monika Bacardi, AMBI Pictures co-founder, was quoted inthe press release as saying, "We appreciate Pope Francis' permission tofilm him and use his image in our movie."The press release included undated photos of the popemeeting at the Vatican with the other AMBI-Pictures co-founder, AndreaIervolino.The film, which was set to begin production this year,aims to help children "learn and incorporate Jesus' parables" byportraying childr...
Vatican City, Feb 1, 2016 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Update 2/2/16 6:30 p.m. EST: Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, responded to reports that the Pope will be in an upcoming movie, saying, “The Pope is not an actor.” He said that some footage of the Pope may be used in the movie, but no acting was done specifically for the movie. AMBI Pictures did not respond to CNA request for clarification and has removed the promotional webpage for the movie.The “Pope of Surprises” is at it again. Pope Francis is set to be featured in the upcoming film “Beyond the Sun,” the first Pope in history to play himself in a big screen production.The idea for the film came from the Holy Father, who approached the filmmakers at AMBI Pictures, asking them to produce a movie that could effectively portray Gospel passages and parables to children.The movie will be a family adventure story where children from diff...
Vatican City, Feb 1, 2016 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The “Pope of Surprises” is at it again. Pope Francis is set to be featured in the upcoming film “Beyond the Sun,” the first Pope in history to play himself in a big screen production.The idea for the film came from the Holy Father, who approached the filmmakers at AMBI Pictures, asking them to produce a movie that could effectively portray Gospel passages and parables to children.The movie will be a family adventure story where children from different cultures emulate the apostles while searching for Christ in the world around them, says the film group.All proceeds from “Beyond the Sun” will go to El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo, Argentine charities that provide support for at-risk children and young adults in need.AMBI co-founders Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi are fully financing and producing the film through their AMBI Pictures banner. Co-producers are Graciela Rodriguez an...
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Transcripts of over a month of text messages between drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo showed the capo was less interested in making a movie about his life than he was in flirting with the actress....
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The mentally unstable gunman who shot up a Louisiana movie theater last summer left a rambling, hate-filled journal in which he called the U.S. a "filth farm," railed against women, gays and blacks, and thanked a man accused of killing nine churchgoers in South Carolina for his "wake up call."...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Warner Bros.By Carol GlatzVATICANCITY (CNS) -- Movies depicting exorcisms could be an important medium forshowing how God always triumphs over evil, but instead, they misrepresent the faithand exaggerate human and satanic powers over God, a leading exorcist wrote inthe Vatican newspaper.Televisionand cinema have accustomed people to recognizing "the presence andextraordinary acts of demons in people's lives and the battle that the churchfaces against them," wrote Father Francesco Bamonte, president of theInternational Association of Exorcists, headquartered in Rome.Portrayingexorcisms in the world of fiction "could promote greater awareness"about the Catholic faith, however, "the way in which evil, demonicpossession, the prayer of exorcism and liberation are presented is disappointingand unacceptable," he wrote in L'Osservatore Romano Jan. 8.Whilepriests are entrusted by the church to help protect or liberate people from thepower of the devil, most movies hide or i...
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico began the process of extraditing drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, two days after the famed fugitive was recaptured following a dramatic, months-long hunt featuring movies stars, sewer escapes and bloody shootouts....
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- For nearly 14 weeks, they sat in a suburban Denver jury box, listening for hours as witnesses described the searing pain of gunshot wounds and the terror they felt as they fled the movie theater, the gunman still firing at them....
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