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Spielberg Bringing True Story of Jewish Priest to the Big Screen

According to a report in Variety, Steven Spielberg is bringing an adaptation of the book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara to the big screen. It’s not clear whether or not he will direct or just produce the film version of the acclaimed 1997 nonfiction work. As described by Vulture, the book tells the true story of Edgardo Mortara: “Born Jewish in 1851, Mortara was given an emergency baptism by a servant, who was worried about a childhood illness. At age 7, the Catholic Church took him from his family, as it was against the law for non-Catholics to raise a Catholic. Adopted by the Pope, he went on to become a priest.” A release date hasn’t yet been set for the project …

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