Pope, Graham said to like Gibson's movie

The Passion of the Christ

Continuing to preview his renamed The Passion of the Christ movie to people expected to praise it, actor-producer Mel Gibson got plaudits from Billy Graham, who was moved to tears, and reportedly secured favor from Pope John Paul II.

The Vatican declined to confirm the reports, avoiding being viewed as giving the film a commercial endorsement. According to the widely circulated reports, the 83-year-old pontiff viewed the film on DVD in his private apartments in December with his secretary, Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz. His verdict: “It is as it was.”


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