Joseph Fiennes Meets Pope Francis Before Vatican's 'Risen' Screening

Joseph Fiennes and the Pope - H 2016
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Joseph Fiennes and the Pope - H 2016

The star of the faith-based action drama stopped by the Vatican before the Friday screening of the Sony film.

Pope Francis is ready for Risen.

The Sony film's lead Joseph Fiennes met Pope Francis in Vatican City on Thursday while promoting the faith-based film alongside co-star Mario Botto and the producers. The movie will be screened at the Vatican on Friday.

Fiennes visited the Vatican with his daughter in tow, and she received a kiss on the forehead from Pope Francis during the meet-and-greet.

Risen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving Clavius (Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman military tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are instructed by Pontius Pilate to ensure Jesus’ radical followers don’t steal his body and claim resurrection. When the body goes missing within days, Clavius sets out on a mission to locate the missing body in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

Directed by Kevin Reynolds, the action drama also stars Peter Firth and Cliff Curtis. Risen hits theaters on Feb. 19.