'Pope Won't 'Play Himself' in Upcoming Film,' Says Vatican Prefect of Communications

Monsignor Viganò Refutes Claims Pontiff Is to Be Filmed In Movie ‘Beyond the Sun’

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Reports claiming Pope Francis “will play himself” in an upcoming film have been refuted by the Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, reported Vatican Radio.
On Monday, ENVI Pictures, a film production company, issued a statement saying the Argentine Pontiff will appear in the film “Beyond the Sun.”
“The Pope,» the prefect stressed in response to this claim, «is not an actor.”
Msgr. Viganò explained that no scenes for the movie were filmed “on purpose,” but he did not exclude “as has happened before, video clips of the Pope  could appear in the film.”
Any profits from the film are being used to support two Argentinian charities for children.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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