It's not everyday you see the Pope
blessing Jesus Christ
-- but that's sort of what happened on Wednesday.
Rodrigo Santoro -- best known for his role as Laura Linney's work crush in Love, Actually
and Paolo on Lost
-- is playing Jesus
in the upcoming Ben-Hur
movie, but he first got a blessing from the leader of the Catholic Church.
Santoro's co-star Nazanin Boniadi -- who portrays Esther in the remake Charlton Heston's 1959 classic -- snapped a pic of him getting a papal blessing from Pope Frances. "What a remarkable experience to witness Pope Francis bless my dear friend and co-star Rodrigo Santoro, who is playing Jesus in #BenHur. #Vatican #Rome," Boniadi Instagrammed.
The actress shared several other pics from her visit to the Vatican and even thanked actress Roma Downey, co-creator of the History Channel's miniseries The Bible and the actress who played Jesus' mother Mary in the series.
The 2016 version of Ben-Hur, also starring Morgan Freeman and Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston, follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.