Now, in an extraordinary move, Academy Award-nominated Philomena, billed by one New York critic as a â€˜hatefulâ€™ attack on Catholicism, may be screened in front of the Pope.
A spokesman for the drama by Stephen Frears, about a woman forcibly separated from her child in the 1950s, said last night talks with the Vatican were under way about arranging a private screening.
â€˜We asked for an audience with the Pope and we are in talks with the Vatican about screening the movie to Pope Francis.
â€˜This has been done through an intermediary and we have had a very good reception.â€™
The movie has been nominated for Best Picture at both the Baftas and the Oscars. But the story â€“ about shamed Irishwoman Philomena Leeâ€™s journey to be reunited with her son, who was taken from her by nuns and sold for adoption to a family in America at three â€“ has deeply upset many factions of the Catholic faith.
They have accused film makers of distorting the truth about the order of Irish nuns portrayed in the movie. [More]