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Pope Francis gave Angelina Jolie a great gift


Of all the places you could screen a film, Angelina Jolie just scored the best location ever.

The Unbroken director was given the opportunity to screen her buzzed-about film at the Vatican and then met Pope Francis following the viewing.

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“To be invited to screen Unbroken at The Vatican is an honor and a tribute to Louie’s legacy as a man of faith and someone who exemplified the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit,” Jolie shared in a statement, according to E! News. “These are universal themes at the heart of the human experience everywhere.”

Though Brad Pitt didn’t attend the event with his wife, she wasn’t without her family. Jolie’s two oldest daughters, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, accompanied her to the Vatican. Jolie also brought her brother and an interpreter for the trip.

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“There were some twenty-five people at the event,” one attendee told E! News. “It’s a very, very strong film about the suffering of a prisoner of war, and details the persecution he went through and his reaction of pardon and conversion, all rooted in faith.”

The Pope was reportedly already aware of the story of Olympian and WWII survivor, Louis Zamperini, which is why he invited Jolie to screen it at the Vatican.

Following the screening, Jolie met the pontiff in the throne room at the papal palace, according to Business Insider.

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Though the meeting was short, it ended with Jolie kissing the Pope’s ring and he gifted her with a rosary.

Jolie has had quite the whirlwind tour of meeting influential people this year. Just a few months ago, she met Queen Elizabeth II, who named the actress an honorary dame for her efforts against sexual violence and her contributions to the U.K.’s foreign policy.

Unbroken is already garnering Oscar buzz and, no doubt, Pope Francis’ approval will only help Jolie’s odds of winning one of the golden statues this year.

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