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The Passion of the Christ wins The Pope's approval



Story by: Jack Foley

AFTER months of deliberation, controversy and the unholiest of holy rows, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ has finally received the blessing of Pope John Paul II.

According to a report in the New York Daily News, the Pontiff himself was shown a rough cut of the film, which depicts the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life in unflinching style.

The movie, starring Jim Caviezel and Monica Bellucci, and directed by Gibson, has attracted criticism from Jewish groups, who fear it blames Jews for the death of Christ and might be anti-Semitic, and the Catholic church, who feared it may damage relations between the two faiths.

However, an audience from three different Vatican congregations gave the film their blessing after being granted permission to view an unfinished version of the print.

Reverend Augustine Di Noia, one of the officials who saw it, confirmed: "There is absolutely nothing anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish about Mel Gibson's film."

He also added that ‘it’s not just violent, it’s brutal’.

Now that the project has received the approval of the church, it might make it a little more easier for Gibson to find a US distributor. As yet, no one has been willing to back it, given that it is filmed almost entirely in ancient languages of Latin and Aramaic. This is despite massive interest among movie fans on the Internet.

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