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Pope Benedict and Oscar winner Jon Voight attended a special screening on Thursday of a television mini-series in which Voight plays the late Pope John Paul.

Benedict watched the film attentively along with several thousand people in the Vatican's large audience hall and then delivered a brief address thanking the producers and cast.

"The affective and spiritual ties with John Paul, which became intense in the days of his agony and death, continues," the Pope said.

"It is a link that has not melted away because it is one that joins souls," said Benedict, who greeted and thanked the 66-year-old Voight personally.

Voight, who shot to fame 36 years ago as an aspiring gigolo in Midnight Cowboy, plays the late John Paul from the time of his election in 1978 until his death last April 2.

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