Pope visits with 'Passion' star

Vatican City -- Pope John Paul II met Monday with Jim Caviezel, star of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," the Vatican said.

Caviezel, who plays Jesus in the film, had a brief conversation with the pontiff, who then blessed the devoutly Roman Catholic actor, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Ciro Benedettini said.

The ANSA news agency said Caviezel arrived Saturday in Rome and attended a private screening of his film at the Legionaries of Christ, a conservative Catholic group.

Gibson's dramatization of Christ's final hours was the top weekend movie for the third weekend in a row, taking in $32.1 million at the box office to lift its total to $264.5 million in the United States and Canada.

Prince, Seger, Harrison lead inductees into rock hall

New York City -- Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday night along with Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, The Dells and George Harrison, who became the third ex-Beatle inducted for his solo work.

However, of all the rock royalty on hand, it was clearly Prince's night. He opened the ceremony with a trio of his 1980s hits that caught the breadth of his work: the rock anthem "Let's Go Crazy," the topical "Sign O' the Times" and funk groove of "Kiss."

"I embarked on a journey more fascinating than I could ever imagine," he said after R&B; songstress Alicia Keys and rap funksters OutKast inducted him into the hall.

Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, two fellow members of the Traveling Wilburys, were on hand to salute Harrison, who died in November 2001 of cancer.

Highlights of the awards ceremony will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday on VH1, Sunflower Broadband Channel 58.

Whitney Houston in rehab

Los Angeles -- Grammy-winning pop singer Whitney Houston has entered a drug rehabilitation facility, her publicist said.

Houston "thanks everyone for their support and prayers," publicist Nancy Seltzer said in a statement Monday. She declined to offer any further details.

Houston, 40, said in December 2002 that she had abused drugs in the past but told interviewer Diane Sawyer on ABC's "Primetime" that she had gotten beyond that time through prayer.

It's a girl

Charlie Sheen, who's almost regained A-list status with his CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men," is a daddy again. His wife, Denise Richards, gave birth to Sam, a girl, last week.


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