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Bishop Robert Barron announced in an Instagram post that he met with Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf while he prepared for the upcoming Padre Pio movie at a Franciscan Capuchin friary in Burlingame, California.

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LaBeouf stars as the lead role in the film about St. Padre Pio’s young life. The Italian saint was a 20th-century priest, stigmatist, and mystic. Filmmaker Abel Ferrara directed the movie.

The actor previously starred in multiple blockbuster movies, including Transformers and Indiana Jones.

Bishop Barron said he saw LaBeouf a second time when he recently screened the Padre Pio movie.

Here’s Bishop Barron’s post below:

@bishopbarron, Instagram

The full post reads, “Friends, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of ‘Padre Pio,’ a new biopic on the extraordinary life of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, played by Shia LaBeouf.

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“Shia and I met while he was living among the Capuchins in preparation for the role. It was delightful to see him again at the screening.

“Padre Pio, pray for us!”

Here’s what some users said about the post:

@cynthia_sicola, Instagram

One user said, “I hope playing Padre Pio helped him change his heart for the better. 🙏🏼🙌🏼🖤”

@stellamarisencinitas, Instagram

Another user said, “Praying for Shia’s conversion. He has the intercession of the most amazing saint ever in the case! Padre [Pio, OFM].”

@ninajags, Instagram

Another user added, “Passion of Christ, Fr. Stu, and now St. Pio…I’m so excited. Really looking forward to the movie. The actor is unbeknown to me, but those around me say that he’s ‘incredibly’ talented. No doubt St. Pio chose him also. 🙏🏻 St. Padre Pio, intercede and pray for us. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻”

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