VATICAN CITY —
The Vatican says that during the pontiff’s “very cordial” meeting Wednesday with Scorsese, Francis mentioned he had read the novel on which the film is based. Francis is a Jesuit who joined the order while a young man in Argentina with the idea of becoming a missionary in Japan. But health problems scuttled that dream.
Francis thanked Scorsese for his gift of two paintings. The work of an 18th-century Japanese artist, the paintings served as a reference for some of the details in the film.
Some 300 Jesuits studying or working in Rome attended the screening Tuesday at the