"Passion" Star Caviezel Has a Papal Audience

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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 15, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II received Jim Caviezel, the actor who plays Jesus in the film "The Passion of the Christ," in private audience.

Caviezel was accompanied by his wife and parents-in-law. Vatican sources told ZENIT that the Pope blessed Caviezel at the end of today's audience.

Caviezel became internationally known after playing in roles such as the pensive soldier Witt in "The Thin Red Line" (1998). He has also acted in the films "Angel Eyes" (2001), "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002) and "High Crimes" (2002).