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Bishop encourages viewers to participate in daily Mass on RTÉ

The Bishop of Raphoe has encouraged viewers to participate in daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ. His call came as recent figures showed that daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ had an average television audience of 34,600. The broadcast is a response to the Covid-19 related...

Archdiocese to livestream display Shroud of Turin on Holy Saturday

With people forced to stay home, even during Holy Week, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Archbishop of Turin has announced a special online exposition of the Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the burial cloth of Jesus. On Holy Saturday, 11th April, as...

I wasn’t particularly flattered by Pope Francis comparisons, says Jonathan Pryce

Jonathan Pryce has admitted he “wasn’t particularly flattered” when he was compared to Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio when he was announced as the new pope.

Pictures showing the duo side by side circulated on the internet when the Argentine religious leader ascended to the papacy to become Pope Francis.

Now Pryce is playing him in a new Netflix film, The Two Popes, but says he was not thrilled they were compared back in 2013.

He told the PA news agency: “I wasn’t particularly flattered, he’s not what I see in the mirror when I look there.

“But the internet was full of the two images and even to the point where one of my sons called me and said, ‘Daddy, are you the pope?’

“It went on from there. I would like to think it wasn’t just because I look a bit like him that I got the part, I like to think that 47 years work isn’t wasted.”

The Two Popes is released in UK cinemas today, Friday 29th November, and will be available on Netflix from 20th December.

Picture: Jonathan Pryce (Ian West/PA).

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Bishop encourages viewers to participate in daily Mass on RTÉ

The Bishop of Raphoe has encouraged viewers to participate in daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ. His call came as recent figures showed that daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ had an average television audience of 34,600. The broadcast is a response to the Covid-19 related...

Archdiocese to livestream display Shroud of Turin on Holy Saturday

With people forced to stay home, even during Holy Week, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Archbishop of Turin has announced a special online exposition of the Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the burial cloth of Jesus. On Holy Saturday, 11th April, as...