Angelina Jolie has visited Pope Francis in Vatican City to give him a special screening of her movie Unbroken.

The actress-turned-director was invited to show him her film, which focuses on the story of Olympian-turned-war hero Louis Zamperini, and she also enjoyed a private audience with the Catholic leader on Thursday morning (08Jan15).

In a statement released to, Jolie says, "Being invited with my film to the Vatican is an honour and a great tribute to the story that I have told in Unbroken. The story of the hero Louis a great example of strength and forgiveness."

A statement from Universal Pictures Italia adds, "Pope Francis, aware of the incredible life story of Louis Zamperini, graciously welcomed the opportunity to view the film."