A Catholic priest who helped inspire Mel Gibson on the set of The Passion Of The Christ has died at the age of 99.

Father Jean-Marie Charles-Roux became involved with the controversial movie when Gibson contacted him in Rome, Italy prior to the shoot, and he agreed to celebrate a Tridentine Mass every day for the Lethal Weapon star and his cast.

Gibson attended each Mass, which was held in a makeshift chapel at the Cinecitta Studios, where the movie was filmed. Several crew members also attended and some even converted to Catholicism as a result.

Charles-Roux passed away at his home in Rome on 7 August (14).