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Martin Scorsese to Meet Pope as Movie Premieres at Vatican

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By    |   Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 01:35 PM

Martin Scorsese — the Oscar-winning filmmaker whose work was once condemned by the Catholic Church — has been granted a private audience with Pope Francis.

The acclaimed director will sit down with the pontiff on Thursday morning to discuss his new movie "Silence," which is being premiered at the Vatican to an audience of priests and other religious officials, the Italian news agency ANSA reports.

The movie, starring Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson and rated R for "disturbing violent content," chronicles the horrors faced by two Portuguese Jesuit priests as they search for their missing mentor in Japan, where Christianity was outlawed in the 17th century.

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The pope and Scorsese are "expected to discuss the film and the mission of the Jesuits," the religious order Francis belongs to, ANSA says.

The Vatican's embrace of Scorsese comes 28 years after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ripped "The Last Temptation of Christ," calling it "morally offensive" and not suitable for audiences of any age for its portrayal of an "angry Christ, a bumbling Christ, a Christ more of this world than the next."

Similarly, Mother Teresa of Calcutta urged Catholics to say prayers for the ban of the movie, which starred Willem Dafoe as Jesus, Barbara Hershey as Mary Magdalene, and rocker David Bowie as Pontius Pilate.

"Silence," based on Japanese writer Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel, debuts in theaters in the United States on Dec. 23.

Scorsese, who won an Academy Award for Best Director for "The Departed," has a long history of making provocative films, including "Taxi Driver," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Raging Bull." Before his storied film career, he had considered becoming a priest.

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