A holy blessing! Angelina Jolie has visited the Vatican where she hosted a special screening of her movie Unbroken and met Pope Francis on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 8.
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The mom-of-six was delighted to be invited to the Vatican by the head of the Catholic church, and to be asked to screen her movie for the Political Academy of Sciences.
"Being invited with my film to the Vatican is an honor and a great tribute to the story that I have told in Unbroken," Brad Pitt's wife said in a statement released by Universal Pictures to Us Weekly. "The story of the hero Louis a great example of strength and forgiveness."
"Pope Francis, aware of the incredible life story of Louis Zamperini, graciously welcomed the opportunity to view the film and is expected to attend the screening at the Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences," Universal Pictures Italia added of the important event.
Added Chancellor of Pontifical Academy of Sciences Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez-Sorondo: "Through her work at the U.N. she told him he was a leader for these people and an important help for them. Unbroken made a big impression [on those who saw it at the Vatican today]. It is very significant and a very strong film."
Jolie hosted the high-profile screening alongside Zamperini's son Luke.
Jolie has brought her two eldest daughters Zahara and Shiloh along with her for the trip to Rome. Yesterday they were spotted enjoying time together at a local toy shop in Piazza Navona.
As exclusively reported by Us, Brad Pitt was also scheduled to attend the Vatican but due to a “last minute change” didn’t come, a source said.
"I love this man [Louis] so much, I was so in awe of him," Jolie told Us previously of her relationship with Zamperini, the subject of her movie. "I believed so much in his message. I feel it so important that, when I felt overwhelmed by it all, I was so driven to get it right that I was fine to work all night long on it."