Comedian Roberto Benigni pitches Pope Francis’ book on mercy

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Italian actor Roberto Benigni, far right, takes a copy of Pope Francis' book "The Name of God is Mercy" as he arrives during a news conference for the launch of the book at the Vatican on January 12, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Italian actor Roberto Benigni, far right, takes a copy of Pope Francis' book "The Name of God is Mercy" as he arrives during a news conference for the launch of the book at the Vatican on January 12, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-BENIGNI, originally transmitted on Jan. 12, 2016.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The actor who won an Oscar for an improbable comedy about the Holocaust brought his signature blend of humor and seriousness to the Vatican to help his hero, the pope.

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  • Larry

    There never going to anything Roberto Benigni does which will be half as embarrassing as “Life is Beautiful” or “Pinocchio”

  • Poor Roberto forgets the Catholic contribution to the Nazi evils
    which he railed against in his own films:

    1933 – Vatican Peace Treaty with Catholic Nazi Regime blessing WWII and Hitler’s Jewish Solution
    1942 – The Vatican-Argentina Rat Line – Monsignor Luigi Maglione’s hushed up emigration of 200,000 Catholic Nazi war criminals to South America to escape justice.

    “We shall eagerly cooperate with the Nazis…send them our Jews.”
    – Father Joseph Tiso,
    President of Slovakia 1944

    The cure for bad religion is not a different religion, but blasphemy which it richly deserves.

  • Fran

    The best book to read about mercy, why it is required by us, and how we can acquire and keep it, is found in God’s Word, the Bible.

    It also shows how merciful and forgiving God is toward us imperfect humans (just a few of his many grand qualities which we can imitate), since we were made by him in his image.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Vitamin Mercy is healing and empowering.