Report: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to meet the pope

Report: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to meet the pope January 7, 2015


From that venerable news source, Us Weekly: 

Hollywood meets the Holy See! Tinseltown royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are taking a very special trip to Rome this month, not to eat pasta and tour the Colosseum, but to meet the Pope, an insider reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.  

The A-listers will fly to Italy in early January “for a VIP meet-and-greet at the Vatican with Pope Francis,” the source says of the stars, who consider themselves nonreligious.

Pitt, 51, grew up Baptist but later distanced himself from his faith, telling The Hollywood Reporter in 2012, “I don’t have a great relationship with religion. I oscillate between agnosticism and atheism.”

Jolie, of course, is the daughter of actor Jon Voight, who once portrayed St. John Paul and whose religious roots run deep:

Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight said the strong Catholic roots instilled in him by his mother have helped him overlook much of the “nonsense” of Hollywood.

“It is a relief in Hollywood to have some spirituality,” Mr. Voight told Catholic News Service in mid-May in the lounge of a hotel on the edge of Jerusalem’s Old City. “You are protected from all the nonsense. You keep your spirituality by doing good deeds.”

After a period of spiritual-seeking in the mid-1980s, Mr. Voight said, he rediscovered the lessons learned as a young child from his mother and became involved in using his celebrity status to help others, including American Indians, drug addicts, the homeless, Vietnam veterans and farmers.

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