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Michael Moore Is ‘Grateful’ for His Meeting with Pope Francis

The 'Fahrenheit 11/9' filmmaker, who grew up Catholic, was in Rome to promote his latest anti-Trump movie

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Michael Moore met Pope Francis this week while visiting Rome to promote his anti-Trump film “Fahrenheit 11/9,” which is currently flopping at the box office.

“Today I met Pope Francis for the first time at the weekly general audience he holds at the Vatican,” Moore (shown above left), 64, posted to his Twitter account, along with pictures of the meeting. Moore met Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

The filmmaker also said about his meeting, “We spoke for a number of minutes. I had a question I wanted to ask him and he gave me his answer. I will write about this tomorrow,” Moore tweeted. “For tonight, I remain deeply moved and grateful.”

The pictures show Moore shaking Pope Francis’ hand and then whispering something in his ear.

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Moore’s most recent film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” targets President Donald Trump and compares him to Adolf Hitler. Despite mostly positive reviews from critics, the film has been rejected by moviegoers and has earned only $6.2 million at the box office. While that would normally be a win for a documentary, Moore began his career with box-office juggernauts such as “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which earned over $119 million domestically, and “Bowling for Columbine,” which earned over $21 million domestically.

On Rotten Tomatoes, positive reviews from critics have totaled 78 percent, but only 57 percent with scoring audience members.

Michael Moore is simply not the filmmaker he once was. His latest film’s dismal turnout shows he’s not the cultural powerhouse he was when Bush was president. His musings under Trump have become hypocritical, tired, and sometimes eye-rolling. Even this impromptu meeting with Pope Francis comes across as little more than yet another attempt by the filmmaker to inject some life into his dying celebrity status.

Moore has expressed admiration for Pope Francis in the past and spoken about growing up Catholic.

He told “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in 2009 that his parents were “good Irish Catholics,” and he even wanted to be a priest early on in his life.

“I went to the seminary to be a priest and still live my life that way to this day,” he said.

The filmmaker continued, “I wanted to be a priest. I thought it would be a good way … You know, the war was going on then; I thought the Berrigan brothers were really cool, and I wanted to do something to better the world.” The Berrigan brothers were Catholic priests who actively protested against the Vietnam War.

Check out a trailer for Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” below:

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