Martin Scorsese meets Pope Francis

30th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese discussed his new movie Silence with Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday (30Nov16).

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The Goodfellas director met the leader of the Catholic church in Rome, Italy, ahead of a screening of his new film about Jesuit missionaries in 17th Century Japan.

According to the Reuters news agency, the Pope told Scorsese he had read the novel Silence is based on, by Japanese writer Shusaku Endo.

Scorsese reportedly gave the religious leader framed images depicting "hidden Christians" in Japan, including those martyred when Christianity was banned in the country. The pope gave the director and other guests rosary beads.

A screening of the film was also held for 300 Jesuit priests on Tuesday (29Nov16).

Silence is a passion project for Scorsese, who has been trying to bring Endo's 1966 novel the screen for more than two decades.

His audience with Pope Francis comes almost 30 years after his film The Last Temptation of Christ sparked protests from American Catholics due to its depiction of aspects of Jesus' life.

Silence, which stars Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, will premiere in the U.S. next month (Dec16).

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