Alexander Acha, a Latin Grammy-winning singer-songwriter from Mexico, told CNA that Pope Francis encouraged the summit attendees to pursue truth and contemplation in their creative endeavors.
The pope said art “opens doors, touches hearts, and helps us to walk forward.”
For Verástegui, who had met with the pope before starting work on the "Sound of Freedom" to ask for a papal blessing of the project, the meeting with Pope Francis before the film’s release was particularly special.
“It was a beautiful moment to have the chance to talk with him … here at the Vatican with so many talented people.”
“My faith is the most important part of my life. It's the center of my life. Everything that I do is inspired by my faith,” the actor said.
Verástegui first came to prominence for US audiences for his starring role in the pro-life film “Bella” and has continued to be an active voice in the pro-life movement.
He believes that “many lives will be saved” by the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“I'm very happy that through the work of so many people, the prayers of so many people, finally, we saw a big result,” Verástegui said.
“This is just the beginning. We haven't finished the work yet because now we have to go state by state, and we're moving forward.”
“We have to fight every day … because we love God and we love the most beautiful gift that God gave us, which is life,” he said.
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This article has been updated to reflect that the film "Sound of Freedom" is expected to be released at a later date.