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Vatican viewing for Scorsese's 'Silence'

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>> Hollywood and the holy father. Last Wednesday's plot line for Pope Francis who's met film director Martin Scorsese, it comes after private screening of the Vatican of it's new film Silence. Reuters Vatican correspondent Philip Pullella says the meeting has meaning for the Pope.>> Pope Francis is Jesuit and this film is about Jesuits and so there is a connection.
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There's also a very personal connection for Pope Francis because when he became a Jesuit in Argentina when he was a young priest he wanted to go to Japan and work there as a priest and as a missionary.>> But he couldn't do so because of health problems.>> And the Lord said to them, "Go ye into the whole world".
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>> But that's where the similarities end. Silence is based in 17th century Japan.
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As a group of Jesuit missionaries face persecution for their faith Scorsese who once considered priesthood, hasn't always been box office with conservative Catholics. His 1980's film Temptation of Christ stirrng controversy first depiction of Jesus Christ. But 30 years on, this one seems to have won a papal thumb's up.
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>> They had this special screening and afterwards I'm told by people who were in the screening that he was very, very friendly and stayed behind an hour if not more so afterwards. When he took questions from the Jesuits about how the film was made, how he became interested in the topic.
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>> And for popcorn lovers without a Vatican past, Silence will officially premier in December.