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Russell Crowe Invites Pope to a Screening of “Noah” via Twitter


Alberto González - published on 02/26/14

Addressing Pope Francis as “Dear Holy Father,” the actor hopes to succeed in getting the Pontiff’s attention prior to the film's March 28 release date.

The message was short and sweet:

In a move that few in Hollywood might have ever seen coming, Russell Crowe, the star of the new film Noah (an account of the Old Testament story), brought the movie to the Pope’s attention in a tweet late Sunday, hoping to get a positive response (as well as some marketing mileage) from his efforts. Following his initial message to the Pontiff, Crowe immediately reached out to his own 1.37 million followers:

But that was not all. On Tuesday, he went knocking on the Pope’s virtual door again…

… and again.

Pope Francis has yet to respond to Crowe’s request, but meanwhile – and in true biblical form – it seems the award-winning actor has taken one message from the Gospel to heart: “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7).

Alberto González is the Associate Editor of Aleteia’s English edition. His prior endeavors have included working in political campaigns and in the United States Senate. He also maintains an active schedule as a liturgical vocalist and organist.

A native of California, Alberto graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Music and Political Science. He currently lives in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

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