Real Life 'Philomena' Blessed by Pope

The subject of the Oscar nominated movie was invited to meet Pope Francis.
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The journey for the woman portrayed by Judi Dench in the Oscar nominated film -- in the UC felony in the -- -- there today. Now eighty years old at the Vatican where she was blessed by the Pope. ABC Cynthia McFadden live in the realm of this remarkable story good morning Cynthia. Good morning -- it was extraordinary we're standing right beside her is a woman one shamed by the Catholic Church for having a baby out of wedlock. Was invited today to meet Pope Francis the times that they -- changed. Eighty year old -- -- -- -- could never have imagined this moment back in 1952 and she was he young unwed mother. Being here in Saint Peter's Square invited Michael Francis to -- This woman of currencies in -- of touching the hands of the leader among the thinking then -- passengers need to. It's amending not even Hollywood could -- fitting -- -- -- Mena is now known around the world from the Oscar nominated movie bearing her name. The very long time ago. We knew -- eighteen years old. Could you imagine. Could have imagined meeting the Pope one day having a move he made about your life no way no way. No way would you ever yeah. Her life story now played on on film by none other than dame Judi Dench. It's one thing but -- -- -- -- -- As the movie so convincingly portrays -- mean it was just eighteen -- married when she gave birth to a son. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- She was forced to giving -- three years later. She hit her -- For fifty years in the east he does all she went to her face she tells me never wavered he can't go through -- -- been so. I mean -- you gonna take it. You've got -- -- just think if we do with -- for this latest chapter of first donation story. A journey that has taken her red -- Capitol Hill and even the Golden Globes but today's journey here to Vatican City is a remarkable show of the power of forgiveness. Despite the Catholic nuns who took so much from her her beliefs so palpable. For all to see. Let me know approximately 60000. On -- Irish Catholic women were forced to give up their babies now but when it involves the home may help those women and those children. We'll reunite. This all came today in the wake of a scathing new report criticized in the Catholic Church -- -- Ford didn't child abuse scandals and also criticized the -- -- his -- about homosexuality. -- I was don't want headed back up to the Vatican what we're told from sources of the very highest level of -- -- screen the movie villain in this afternoon and will be there. And we'll see a lot more of it tonight on Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel to -- -- then thanks very much.

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