(OPINION) Award-winning actor Jonathan Roumie from the hit series “The Chosen” said he received wisdom and insights from Pope Francis during a private summit at the Vatican where he was charmed by the pontiff who, in a jovial moment, called him Jesus.
In a meeting with Christian celebrities who work in the entertainment industry for the two-day “Vitae Summit” organized by the Vitae Global Foundation, Vatican News reported that the pontiff met with Roumie, Denzel Washington, Patricia Heaton, Andrea Bocelli, Jessica and David Oyelowo, Eduardo Verastegui, J. Balvin, and Marcus Mumford, among others.
The initiative, held from Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Vatican’s Academy of Sciences, gathered Christians who wield influence in the entertainment industry to discuss how the arts and media are used to influence the culture with targeted messaging.
“My experience in Rome a few days ago was no less humbling and inspiring than my brief encounter last year, perhaps even more so,” “The Chosen” actor recounted in a post on Instagram.
Roumie first met the head of the Catholic Church in 2021 and said at the time it was a childhood dream come true. At that first meeting, Roumie asked the pontiff to keep him and his role as Jesus covered in prayer.
During the actor’s second meeting with the pope, Roumie said he received “wisdom and insights of the Holy Father.” He added that listening to the pope’s “directive as ‘preachers of beauty’ amidst the backdrop of the Vatican was at once profound and thought-provoking.”
“‘The role of art,’ he (the pontiff) said, ‘is to put a thorn in the heart, which moves us to contemplation, and contemplation puts us on a path,’” Roumie recounted in his Monday post.
“I am provoked to discern: ‘How do I continue to amplify the light as an artist? How can I take this initiative further? […]
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