When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive in Rome this month, the newlyweds will personally meet with the Pope. According to a report out today by the New York Daily News, Brad and Angelina are scheduled for a personal meet-and-greet session with Pope Francis while visiting the Roman Catholic city in Italy.
The A-listed couple, who starred together in the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, are meeting with the pontiff because they have a high degree of fondness for what he represents to the papacy and people of all faiths around the world, said a friend to Us Magazine about the Hollywood couple.
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Given Brad Pitt’s views about his lukewarm and not-so “great relationship with religion” during an interview in 2012, it’s not all ironic that he and Angelina Jolie are excited about meeting the Pope. Pitt, who has a southern upbringing in the church, said then that he keeps an open mind to things in order to “understand the other side.”
“I grew up very religious, and I don’t have a great relationship with religion. I oscillate between agnosticism and atheism.”
Jolie, who directed Unbroken, doesn’t necessarily adhere to the principles and rudiments of “religion,” based on practical norms. In other words, she doesn’t assign names to a biblical deity or gets lost in spiritual nomenclature. However, she does accept the presence of an omnipotent higher power, as she told People magazine in a recent interview on faith.
“When there is an obstacle, you have to rise to the challenge, not be overwhelmed by it. And we’re not alone in the world. I don’t know if there’s a name for that — religion or faith — just that there’s something greater than all of us, and it’s uniting and beautiful.”
Angelina credits the late Louis Zamperini for inspiring her to have an open mind about religion and faith. The WWII veteran is the inspiration behind her directorial biopic.
Pitt and Angelina admire the Pope for his progressive, liberal, and tolerant approaches to his duties as the leader of the Catholic Church. Francis is known for speaking openly about hot-button issues like those involving gay and lesbians. Recently, the Pope set himself aside from his predecessors when he hinted at inclusion among homosexuals in a statement.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?”
This bodes well for the superstar couple that recently learned their 8-year-old daughter, Shiloh, wants to be a tomboy. According to insiders, the couple’s little girl wants to dress and act like one of the boys, just like her brothers. Brangelina dismiss rumors that it’s simply a “phase.” Instead, they are comfortable and prepared to support their child’s desire to be called John.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are quite busy with their philanthropic and cinema projects. Also, they are devout parents to six children (three biological, three adopted). However, sources say their meeting with Pope Francis is scheduled.
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