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Martin Scorsese meets Pop Francis

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese Pop Francis in following the screening of his latest film "Silence", which recounts the persecution of a group of Jesuit missionaries in 17th century

Scorsese, 74, was accompanied by his wife, his two daughters, the producer of the movie for the meeting yesterday, according to a statement that said the meeting was "very cordial" and lasted 15 minutes.

Pope Francis told those present that he had read Japanese author Shusaku Endo's novel on which the film was based.

Scorsese gave the Pope two paintings on the theme of "hidden Christians," one of them a much-venerated image of the Madonna painted by a 17th century Japanese artist. Pope Francis gave his guests rosaries.

The audience in the came after a special screening of "Silence" in on Tuesday night for more than 300 Jesuit priests.

The movie is due to premiere in the United States this December.

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First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 12:32 IST