Vatican downplays film promo, says pope will not have movie debut

By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will not be an actor in a proposed movie based on the Gospels, a Vatican spokesman

While details about how the pope may or may not be
involved in the movie project are not yet known, it was clear the pope was not
an actor and would not have an acting role as claimed by a film production company,
the spokesman said Feb. 2.

A Los Angeles-based entertainment publicity and marketing
firm said in a press release Feb. 1 that the pope would be “playing
himself in the family film ‘Beyond the Sun’ from AMBI Pictures.”

Monika Bacardi, AMBI Pictures co-founder, was quoted in
the press release as saying, “We appreciate Pope Francis’ permission to
film him and use his image in our movie.”

The press release included undated photos of the pope
meeting at the Vatican with the other AMBI-Pictures co-founder, Andrea

The film, which was set to begin production this year,
aims to help children “learn and incorporate Jesus’ parables” by
portraying children from different cultures searching for Jesus in the world
around them, the press release said.

All profits from the film were to go to two charities in
Argentina, which help young adults and vulnerable children.

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