Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Martin Scorsese meets pope as film on Jesuits screens in Rome

By Philip Pullella

ITALY---VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Pope Francis on Wednesday (Nov. 30) met Martin Scorsese after a special screening in Rome of the Oscar-winning director’s new film “Silence,” about Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan. For the-74-year-old Scorsese, who spent a year in a “minor seminary,” a high school for boys considering the priesthood, the meeting came almost thirty years after his film “The Last Temptation of Christ” outraged many conservative Christians. At the meeting in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the pope told Scorsese that he too had read the 1966 novel on which the film was based, “Silence,” by the late Japanese writer Shusaku Endo, who was a convert to Catholicism, the Vatican said. [link]