Angelina Jolie has met with rock stars, refugees and royalty. The actress, director and U.N. special envoy added pontiff to the list on Thursday, meeting with Pope Francis briefly after screening her film "Unbroken" to Vatican officials and ambassadors.
The Vatican said Jolie and two of her children were on hand at the Pontifical Academy for Sciences to screen the film, which tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic track star whose B-24 bomber crashed in the Pacific during World War II. He and two crewmates survived on a raft for 47 days, only to be captured by the Japanese.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the film shows "positive human and spiritual values, in particular forgiveness."
Francis didn't watch the film but exchanged a few words with Jolie when she was brought up to the Apostolic Palace — along with the children, her brother and a cast member. The meeting was arranged by the Argentine head of the pontifical academy, Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, who is a good friend of the pope's.
Vatican photos of the encounter show Jolie, dressed in a demure black suit — as papal protocol requires — clasping Francis' hands and smiling in the silk brocaded "Throne Room," where Francis usually greets heads of state.
Lombardi stressed that the meeting wasn't a formal audience per se, but rather a brief and cordial greeting in which the pope paid particular attention to Jolie and the children, giving them Vatican souvenirs. "It all lasted just a few minutes, even though it was naturally very significant for those present," he said.
"Unbroken" has sought to appeal to faith-based audiences, given that Zamperini was a Christian inspirational speaker who attributed his survival to his faith.
You can pony up for Pacino awards
If you have enough money, you might soon be able to say hello to two of Al Pacino's former little friends. The Goldin Auctions company is offering a treasure chest of celebrity items online this winter, including Frank Sinatra's sailor's costume from the 1945 film "Anchors Aweigh," a Les Paul guitar owned by both Joe Walsh and Jimmy Page, and a Tony Award and a Golden Globe won by Pacino. The minimum bid on the Tony is $10,000 and the Golden Globe is $25,000. By way of comparison, John Wayne's Golden Globe for "True Grit" went for $143,400 at auction in 2011. Goldin said he expects the Pacino items to go up to 10 times the minimum bids. The auction will open for preview later this week and bids will be accepted starting Jan. 12 through Feb. 7.