Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vatican: "The Pope Is Not an Actor"

The Vatican has a new Secretariat for Communications, and its boss, Monsignor Dario Edoardo ViganĂ² says, "The Pope is not an actor."

Producers of the film "Beyond the Sun" had issued a news release Monday saying the Pope would play himself. The Vatican quickly quashed the claim, saying that the Pope was never filmed "for purpose," although he did not rule out extant video clips incorporated into the movie.

But could there be more to the Vatican denial? A double meaning, perhaps? The internet has carried persistent reports that actor Jonathan Pryce was playing a "Pope Francis character." As also reported Monday by SCB News, Pryce is quoted as saying, "We've got actors standing in line for this," meaning meetings with the Francis character.

Wednesday, Pope Francis met with Shakespeare in Love star, Joseph Fiennes. Presumably, Fiennes was seeking publicity for his new Bible pic, Risen, an account of a Roman leader's manhunt for Jesus after reports of his resurrection circulate. (Opens in theaters February 18.)

Pope Francis Receives Book on Defeat of Papal Fleet by Muslims

Wednesday, the Holy Father was presented a book entitled, "La Squadra Pontificia ai Dardanelli 1657." It is about the defeat of the Papal flotilla that participated in the sea battle that resulted in the loss of Crete to the Ottomans. The Venetians maintained a toe-hold until 1715. 

Crete was finally liberated from Ottoman rule in 1898 after the Greco-Turkish War. (It is a charming place to visit. Now.)

It is not known if Pope Francis will present Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan with a book on The Battle of Lepanto 1571. 

Vatican Radio quoted Pope Francis' statement during his visit to the Central African Republic: "Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters... together we must say no to hatred, no to revenge, and no to violence, particularly that violence that is perpetrated in the name of a religion or God himself."


  1. Joseph Fiennes is in a Bible movie? Heh. He's also been castes to play the role of ---wait for it---Michael Jackson in an upcoming movie.

    Seattle kim

    1. Trailer looks good. Bear's a sucker fort sword and sandal movies. I didn't like Shakespeare in Love. America is the only country in the world where a poor black kid could grow up to be a rich white man.

    2. Heh! Good one....Since you're on a movie roll, Bear, there's a film called "The Moonspinners" that Disney produced in the '60s. It's harmless family entertainment, kind of a silly plot, but it was filmed in Crete and gives you a feel for that country. Stars Hayley Mills and Eli Wallach.

    3. The Bear would not mind revisiting Crete. He stayed in Chania on the western end, but ranged over to visit the palace at Knossos in hopes of spotting a minotaur, but it must have been the wrong season

    4. >America is the only country in the world where a poor black kid could grow up to be a rich white man.

      Steve Martin did it first.

    5. Yeah, it was in circulation, but didn't know who originated it.

  2. Interesting to note also: Fiennes played MartinLuther in a 2003.

    Seattle kim

  3. Vatican: "The Pope Is Not an Actor"

    Yeah and he's doing a pretty crappy job of playing the part of pope too.

    Sede in Seattle


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