President Obama and Pope Francis’ Vatican meeting Thursday is the 28th time that a sitting American president has met with a pope. It’s a relationship that took more than a century to establish, CBS News’ Bill Plante noted.
Woodrow Wilson was the first American president to visit a pope back in 1919. He met with Pope Benedict XV after the two had already exchanged several letters regarding World War I. However, it would be 40 years before another president would visit the Vatican.
Watch me comment on the meeting here
Wolf Blitzer and Sean Kennedy have an article about the history of Papal and Presidential relations in which I am cited. It’s a forerunner to a documentary I participated in that should air around Easter.
Read article here
Hollywood gives the son of god chiseled cheekbones and buns of steel. But what if—based on anthropological study of first-century Galilean males—Jesus had the build of a teenage girl?
How many new and different versions of the Jesus story can the medium of film accommodate? Judging by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s new film Son of God, not too many: this is the traditional, predictable, stripped-down niceness taught in Sunday schools and nativity plays. But for a bare-bones presentation of Jesus, there sure seems to be a lot of flesh on screen—and what attractive flesh it is. With carefully styled hair, omnipresent smile, and sparkly eyes that say, “I see into your soul,” Diogo Morgado’s Jesus really puts the carnal in incarnate.
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