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Pope meets with 'Passion' star Caviezel


On Monday Pope John Paul II met with Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.

According to Vatican spokesman Fr Ciro Benedettini, the "devout" Catholic actor had a brief conversation with the Holy Father, who then gave him a blessing.

The ANSA news agency said Caviezel arrived in Rome on Saturday, and attended a private screening of his film with the Legionaries of Christ. Caviezel's wife also attended the meeting with the pope.

The Gibson dramatisation of Christ's final hours earned $A358 million in the United States and Canada after 19 days in cinemas, according to studio estimates released at the weekend. Takings in Australia have more than doubled the distributors' expectations.

SOURCE
Pope meets with 'Passion' star Caviezel (Associated Press/Baltimore Sun 16/3/04)

LINKS
"Passion" Star Caviezel Has a Papal Audience (Zenit 15/3/04)
Jim Caviezel's risky sacrifice (BBC 16/3/04)
Passion star meets Pope (Ekklesia 16/3/04)
Pope Meets Star Who Played Jesus (The Scotsman 15/3/04)
Indifference Calls Church to an Intellectual "Leap in Quality," Says Pope (Zenit 15/3/04)
John Paul II's Answer to Secularization (Zenit 15/3/04)
Pope Pauses to Pray for Madrid Victims (Zenit 15/3/04)
Pope tells Dutch bishops Catholic identity can counter harmful trends (Catholic News Service 15/3/04)
Pope says Catholics must use dialogue, culture to promote faith (Catholic News Service 15/3/04)
The Passion of the Christ


17 Mar 2004