Angelina Jolie News 2015: 'Unbroken' Director Meets Pope Francis At The Vatican, Says It's 'A Great Tribute' & More [VIDEO]
Global superstar Angelina Jolie met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, after a screening of her new movie Unbroken.
Jolie was at the Vatican promoting her film Unbroken, which is her second directorial achievement. After the screening she reportedly met exclusively with Pope Francis. Both were photographed smiling widely as they greeted each other.
A spokesman said that the pope was not present at the Unbroken screening, though Jolie and two of her kids met with him afterwards.
Jolie, 39, is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees. It is not known exactly what Pope Francis and Jolie discussed.
Unbroken centers on the true story of Louis Zamperini, a famed Olympic distance runner and World War II prisoner. Relative newcomer Jack O'Connell plays Zamperini in the film, which has already achieved massive success at the box office. As of Thursday, the film has grossed over $92 million since premiering on Christmas, in addition to almost $7 million outside of the country.
"Being invited with my film to the Vatican is an honor and a great tribute to the story that I have told in Unbroken," Jolie said in a statement, according to Us Weekly. "The story of the hero Louis a great example of strength and forgiveness."
"Pope Francis, aware of the incredible life story of Louis Zamperini, graciously welcomed the opportunity to view the film and is expected to attend the screening at the Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences," Universal Pictures Italia added in the statement.