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Film director, Martin Scorsese meets Pope Francis


World renowned movie director, Martin Scorsese, met with the pope in preparation for the premiere of his latest film, 'Silence,' which will be shown at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome on Dec. 1.

During the 15 minute meeting, Scorsese's wife and two daughters were also there, along with the film's producer and his wife. 

Martin Scorsese gifted Pope Francis two interesting religious pictures.

"This is a Japanese artist from the 17th century, and the original is in the 26 Martyr (Museum). But this is the most revered image for the hidden Christians. This is with the Jesuits. We used this for research in our film.” 

The pope, in turn, gave the visitors some rosaries and warmly said greeted each person one-by-one. 

The new film, "Silence” is based on a 1966 novel by Japanese writer Shusaku Endo about a group of Jesuits who were persecuted in 17th-century Japan. As such, around 400 Jesuits and other visitors are expected to attend the premiere in Rome on Thursday.