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Pope meets subject of Oscar-nominated film on adoption


Rome, February 5 - The protagonist of the story
behind Oscar-nominated movie Philomena met Wednesday with Pope
Francis to lobby for the release of adoption information.
Philomena Lee, the woman who inspired the movie Philomena
starring actor Judi Dench, asked the pope to help her efforts to
reunite mothers and children who were parted during forced
adoption processes used at some Irish convents during the 20th
The movie was written by Steve Coogan, who also plays a
major role and joined Lee at the meeting with Pope Francis.
Nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, the
movie tells the story of Lee's effort to find the son taken away
from her 50 years earlier while she worked for the sisters at an
Irish convent who pressured her into giving up her child.
Lee has organized the Philomena Project, urging the Irish
government to release secret records that contain details of the
families forced apart by adoption.
"I am honoured and delighted to have been in the presence
of Pope Francis today," Lee said later.
"As the film portrays, I have always put great faith in the
Church and the goodwill to put the wrongs of the past right.
"I hope and believe that his Holiness Pope Francis joins me
in the fight to help the thousands of mothers and children who
need closure on their own stories".
Coogan and Lee are scheduled to hold a press conference in
Rome on Thursday to talk about the campaign.

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