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‘Passion’ gets pass from pope

Wall St. Journal runs papal review

Pope John Paul II has seen Mel Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion of the Christ,” saying, “It is as it was.”

The pope and his closest friend, Monsignor Stanislaw Dziwisz, saw the movie on DVD about 10 days ago in the pope’s private quarters, according to a column by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal.

Noonan said Dziwisz shared the pope’s five-word review with the film’s co-producer, Steve McEveety.

The film, which chronicles the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life and his resurrection, has drawn charges of anti-Semitism.

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