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Angelina Jolie Meets the Pope at the Vatican - See the Photos!

Angelina Jolie Meets the Pope at the Vatican - See the Photos!

Pope Francis greets Angelina Jolie during a private audience at the Vatican on Thursday morning (January 8).

The 39-year-old actress and director screened her film Unbroken at the Vatican, and while the Pope did not attend, a delegation of Vatican leaders were in attendance.

Earlier in the day, Angelina released a statement about meeting the Pope, saying, “Being invited with my film to the Vatican is an honor and a great tribute to the story that I have told in Unbroken.”

Angelina was given a keepsake from her visit as well – a rosary, People reports.

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  • busted

    What an amazing moment for her.. and so glad Louis’ family was there too. 2014 was a great year..and 2015 is tying to compete.

    So happy for Angie and the film

  • Felinelilly

    First the Queen of England, now the Pope. Go Angelina.

  • Myskina


  • JPFamily

    Angie and her girls!.jpg

    DM pics

    Angelina Jolie meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican after screening of her movie Unbroken

    Some more pics of Angie and the girls from earlier at link

    Angelina Jolie takes daughters Shiloh and Zahara toy shopping in Rome ahead of meeting Pope Francis

  • JPFamily

    Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo on their journey to ‘Selma’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ava DuVernay doesn’t like historical dramas — especially those of the civil rights variety. Their conventions, their sentimentality, their lack of texture or edginess, and their insistence on either hero worship or takedown just aren’t her style.

    It’s a wonder she ever considered boarding “Selma” in the first place. Not only is it one of the most important chapters in civil rights history — having led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act — it’s also one that’s still in the living memory of many (including her father).

    Toss in the fact the project had been in development for years with a host of different directors, that it’s the first significant portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on film, and that DuVernay had mostly directed small independent features, and the whole feat becomes even more unlikely.

    Now, it seems impossible to imagine the film with anyone but DuVernay behind the camera. With her confident direction, “Selma,” which opens wide on Friday, gives audiences a layered look at King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the campaign leading up to the historic 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

    On Jan. 15, DuVernay, a former publicist, may also make history by becoming the first African American woman ever to be nominated for a best director Oscar.

    And yet she always seems to be deflecting praise with a self-deprecating aside or by refocusing it on one of her collaborators. At the first public screening of “Selma,” after a lengthy standing ovation from the jam-packed theater, DuVernay still took the opportunity to poke fun at her own job qualifications, joking that she was “more of a black indie hipster romance kind of gal.”

    Ultimately, her friendship and trust with the man who would be stepping into King’s shoes pushed her to the project. “I was like, well, I’ve got Dr. King and I know he’s amazing. From there, we’re just telling a story about people,” she said of star David Oyelowo.

    To portray Dr. King, in addition to a dramatic physical transformation, the U.K.-born Oyelowo would certainly need to lose the British accent.

    Sitting together in Beverly Hills the morning after the first screening last fall, Oyelowo and DuVernay recounted the time she tried to test him by catching him off guard with a phone call after he landed in Atlanta for the shoot. Oyelowo surprised her and answered in perfect King-speak.

    “You’re going to play Dr. King in Atlanta? I can’t go around talking like this,” said Oyelowo, sounding “very Royal Shakespeare Company,” as DuVernay describes it,

    “Acting is confidence,” the actor continued. “You need to feel like you know what you’re doing. If there are people looking at you going ‘yeah, but I just saw him in the lunch line sounding very much like a tea-drinking Brit…’”

    When DuVernay signed on to the project in July 2013, the first thing she did was go back to the script, tightening and refocusing Paul Webb’s take on King and the people who surrounded him, including President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson).

    “We wanted to give it scale, but also intimacy,” she said. “I think the best positivity is complexity. I wasn’t trying to not show him (King) smoke, or not show that he had some issues with his wife (Carmen Ejogo). You have to show a full, multifaceted point of view in order for it to be real.”

    She also wanted to make sure she was representing who was actually there. The initial script made composites out of some figures. For DuVernay, who majored in African-American studies at UCLA, that was unacceptable.

    “It’s important to me that that stuff is right. Anything you can make up is not as good as what really happened,” she said. “There’s some creative license we took to get people in the same room or same place together, but overall, I think it will stand up to some fact checking.”

    In recent weeks, “Selma” has stirred debate over whether or not its representation of Johnson’s involvement in the movement — or lack thereof — is accurate and fair. DuVernay strongly defended her film on Twitter, encouraging audiences to “interrogate history” for themselves.

    She also rejects the notion that last year’s big Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave” could hinder “Selma’s” awards chances because of a repetitive appearance, even if it did help push “Selma” into production.

    “They are about American history through a black lens,” she said in last fall’s interview. “And it could very well be that people feel like it’s repetitious. But it’s criminal. … The two films are just completely different.”

  • JPFamily

    Angelina Jolie Meets With the Pope After Screening Unbroken at the Vatican

    Angelina Jolie met with Pope Francis on Thursday morning in a special visit to the Vatican, where the actress hosted a screening of her film Unbroken. “Being invited with my film to the Vatican is an honor and a great tribute to the story that I have told in Unbroken,” Angelina said in a statement released by Universal Pictures. “The story of the hero Louis is a great example of strength and forgiveness.” Angelina was also joined by two of her six children, daughters Zahara and Shiloh.

    Though the Pope did not attend the screening, the actress met with him briefly afterward. According to Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, Angelina kissed his ring and received a rosary from him as well. Angelina, who is a Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, shares a common devotion with the Pope tohelping others in need.

    Angelina’s film Unbroken is a moving piece that tells the story of Olympic athlete and WWII war hero Louis Zamperini who survived capture by the Japanese. Angelina also developed a close relationship with Zamperini, who sadly passed before the film’s release.

  • JPFamily

    Universal PicturesUK ‏@universaluk 20m
    VOTE now for Jack O’Connell to be named @BAFTA Rising Star after his brilliant performance in #Unbroken!

    Rising Star: Jack O’Connell’s Hollywood journey continues

    The BAFTA nominee talks about Angelina Jolie and his new film with George Clooney

    “I don’t like to be the centre of attention”, claimed Jack O’Connell, star of Angelina Jolie’s award-winning Unbroken and recent nominee of the EE Rising Star BAFTA. The bright, patterned socks poking out of his trousers beg to differ as we talk at BAFTA headquarters, shortly after the announcement has been made.

    For someone that does not enjoy the spotlight, O’Connell, 24, received his fair share of it in 2014; he starred in acclaimed prison drama Starred Up, went on the run in the fraught Irish-set ’71 and earned the lead in Jolie’s biopic of Olympian Louis Zamperini. Shooting the film was a harrowing experience for O’Connell, who admitted to blacking out on set , but even after its release he remains close to the director and her cast.

    “It came down to Angie’s sense of character; everyone was generous and didn’t approach the working environment with an ego. I’ve been on those sets before and it can be hazardous.”

    An unlikely friendship formed with Japanese actor Takamasa Ishihara, who played his tormentor in the film. “He’s nothing like the person that portrays; we didn’t get to spend a lot of time together on set because of what was required of my character, but nowadays we’re pals. He’s very kind-hearted and a loving dad.”

    His new-found success, which he proudly puts down to his enthusiasm for each role he takes on, caught the attention of the judging panel for this year’s award. He will compete with Whiplash star Miles Teller,Shailene Woodley, best known for her role in the Divergent series, The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie and Belle actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, in the category. As with his fellow nominees, O’Connell’s career only appears to be warming up. Having completed filming Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever alongside Christoph Waltz, the former Skins actor has started working on Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, where he will co-star with George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

    “I’ve met Jodie twice now and she’s very in-tune”, said O’Connell, who won the part during a Skype audition with the director. “It’s a brilliant script, very amusing. I’m looking forward to it because there is a lot of dialogue involved, less cartwheels and dodging bullets.”

    In spite of Hollywood’s calling, O’Connell is determined to keep a low profile. When asked how he will celebrate if he wins the Rising Star award, the actor hopes to keep things local.

    “In an ideal world, there’ll be a nearby pub that does a lock-in and I’ll spend the night with my favourite people just turning the place upside down; singing songs, passing my BAFTA around and hoping it will still be in one piece by the morning.”

    The BAFTA ceremony will take place on February 8

  • Guest

    i see two amazing people who has done so much to restore faith to humanity. this is beyond skin deep.

  • African Queen

    So are you fu*k face.

  • African Queen

    Takes one to know one

  • Ako si Gladys

    they’re both amazing indeed

  • Myskina

    She’s NOT pretty anymore lol

  • JPFamily

    Marilena ‏@b_marilena 5 mins

    Confirmed: #AngelinaJolie was in Vatican today, presented movie #Unbroken and kissed the #Pope’s hand via @pgovejero

    Finally visited the Holy See and posed for the photo published on the Facebook profile of Monsignor Guillermo Karcher, along with several accompanying Argentine Jorge Bergoglio. Among them, the pope’s master of ceremonies, said Karcher, the Argentine ambassador Eduardo Valdes and Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.

    Jolie appeared in the Vatican film which is principal, “Unbroken”, known in Spanish as “Invincible”.

    Angelina Jolie, surrounded by Argentines in the Vatican

    Surrounded by Argentines in the Vatican, the wife of Brad Pitt posed for photo after visiting the Pope.

  • jojie

    i see two awesome people who have done so much for humanity.

  • jojie

    i was just going to say that. and became Mrs. Pitt

  • Ako si Gladys

    who’s next????????? lol

  • Mr.Sardonicus

    “Restore faith in humanity”? Seriously?

  • JPFamily

    So so proud of Angelina, thrilled for her and her girls, and Jamie and Luke too, in meeting The Pope and having that special moment to share Louie and his message of Unbroken.
    Plus the Sistine Chapel is beautiful, have wonderful memories from my own visit.

    Brad and the children must be so proud, and big congratulations go to her, cast and crew and all that helped make this movie happen.

    How wonderful this is, and Louie would be so proud of his girl and that his wish of his message connecting with people all over the world has been proven, regardless of some so-called critics and experts. this is yet another enduring and deserving tribute to him and his memory.

    Happy 10th Birthday Zahara, sure she will have a happy and special day!

    Mulan, you are very welcome!
    Best of luck with your future choices, I’m sure you will do very well.
    Let us know your thoughts on Unbroken this time around, as for me it is even more powerful.

  • Reese

    She’s def prettier than you lol

  • Phool

    Angelina Jolie Meets Pope Francis at Vatican Screening of ‘Unbroken’
    Angelina Jolie met Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday, after screening her film“Unbroken“ there for officials and ambassadors.

    Jolie had two children with her, according to the Associated Press, as she presented her WWII film about Olympic athlete and war hero Louis Zamperini. Jolie brought Louis’s son, Luke Zamperini, according to Universal Pictures.

    “To be invited to screen Unbroken at The Vatican is an honor and a tribute to Louie’s legacy as a man of faith and someone who exemplified the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit,” Jolie said in a statement.

    Vatican spokesman Rev. Federicoo Lombardi said the film shows “positive human and spiritual values, in particular forgiveness,” according to the AP. He said the meeting wasn’t a formal audience, but a brief greeting in which the pope gave Jolie and the children Vatican souvenirs.

    Jolie’s papal meeting Thursday was arranged by the Argentine head of the pontificial academy, Monsignor Marcello Sanchez Sorondo, the AP said.

    “Unbroken” chronicles Zamperini’s journey from an Italian immigrant childhood in California, to becoming an Olympic distance runner. While a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941, his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean and he remained shipwrecked for more than a month, during which he reconnected with his faith. He was eventually captured by Japanese soldiers and held as a prisoner-of-war for more than two years.

  • bap

    @ndn & Jared Thank you!

  • JPFamily

    Angelina Jolie Meets the Pope While Hosting UnbrokenScreening at the Vatican

    Angelina Jolie just received an honor of a lifetime (no, it wasn’t an Oscar…yet).

    The A-list actress traveled to the Vatican this week not only to host a screening of her buzzworthy film Unbroken, but also to meet Pope Francis while she was there. By her side throughout the trip was Luke Zamperini, the son of her film’s subject, Louis Zamperini.

    “To be invited to screen Unbroken at The Vatican is an honor and a tribute to Louie’s legacy as a man of faith and someone who exemplified the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit,” Jolie said in a statement obtained by E! News. “These are universal themes at the heart of the human experience everywhere.”

    Jolie also brought along her oldest two daughters, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Zahara Jolie-Pitt, to the tiny state. According to Business Insider, Jolie met the 78-year-old pontiff in the throne room at the papal palace. She brought along her children, her brother and an interpreter.

    The meeting apparently was short, and ended with the humanitarian kissing the Pope’s ring and receiving a rosary from him.

    Directed and produced by Jolie, Unbroken follows the life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during WWII, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy. He then survives his time spent in a prisoner-of-war camp.

    Jolie stopped by the Today show to promote Unbroken and gushed about the real Zamperini, who passed before the movie’s release.

    “He’s a great man, a true hero and an inspiration,” Jolie said. “He’s also our friend, and we are fortunate to be in a position to bring his message to the world and his story to the world, but it is his legacy. It’s our responsibility to get it right because he deserves it, so we’re a little nervous but we’re excited for more people to know of his story.”

    The Pope, however, already knew his story, which is why he invited the Maleficent star to screen her film at the Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

  • Reese

    No one in Hollywood can come close to promoting a film the way Jolie does. Hollywood simply needs to accept that she is their QUEEN.

  • plez

    Thank you Just Jared

  • Myskina

    She’s an old skull lol

  • Cosmic Cow

    Good one.

  • VanityInsecurity

    What a great honor! Not too many people are gifted like this.. Angelina Jolie is by far the most respect “actor” in the business.

  • Phool

    Keep flagging and Ignoring Aniston’s sanctimonious Runts, they are in pain.

  • Felinelilly

    Yes she did, what a banner year 2014 was for Angie and now, 2015 is off to a wonderful start for her.

  • Reese

    Myskina simply needs to accept that Jolie is Hollywoods Queen. Jennifer Lawrence said she would pay taxes to Brangelina. bow bitch, Bow.

  • Felinelilly

    I have no idea but it will be fun finding out. lol

  • GFW

    Sorry, but why her and not Russell Crowe?

    No, she’s no “QUEEN” but someone working hard to atone for her past if you ask me.

  • Myskina

    Jennifer Lawrence is the highest earning actress in hollywood and the younger woman to win an Oscar for lead actress (not supporting) lol

  • Reese

    So what? She says so herself in interviews that she wants to grow and become an even better person. I don’t know why Russel Crowe didn’t get in but that’s not Angelina fault.

  • shoes4life

    The great thing about this is she didn’t promote it to the Vatican. The Vatican reached out to her because the Pope knew of Louis’s story. That is truly awesome! This is by far better than any award.

  • bap

    Boy Myskina must be upset!

  • Phool

    Nice to see its burned your sanctimonious ass .Now STFO

  • plez

    If you a Catholic you know we are all trying to atone for our sins.

  • Cosmic Cow

    Brangelina aren’t even catholic. He’s an atheist and she’s agnostic.

  • bap

    Way better! Now top that Porgie.

  • Reese

    Other way around but her mother was Catholic.

  • bap

    Now top that Ticky!

  • plez

    I’ve seen tweets about Crowe in ref to Angelina meeting the Pope; what’s the story?

  • Scarlett

    He totally fangirled

  • Juliana

    Look who’s talking ? The troll Comic Cow is the fan Sean Penn and Charlize Theron

  • Mr.Sardonicus

    I also go to Bossip and comment there too. Don’t leave everything out. I also go to Mediatakeout since you must know everything.

  • Cosmic Cow


  • bap

    Question: Are you envious? Because that’s a sin.

  • Juliana

    Sean Penn likes to hit woman

  • Mr.Sardonicus

    Angelina Jolie likes to make out with her brother.