Actor Jon Voight: Faith ‘Is a Compass’

By Lauretta Brown | September 12, 2016 | 11:36am EDT
Academy award-winning actor Jon Voight (AP Photo)

( – Academy award-winning actor Jon Voight told that faith “is a compass” in life and that his faith has been “very important.”

“One’s faith keeps, is a compass. It keeps you humble,” Voight, a Catholic, said on how faith has influenced his career. “It keeps you in energy to keep going, overcome things, solve problems, be good, think of others, all of that stuff. So my faith has been very important to me.”  


Voight also commented on the plight of Christians in the Middle East facing genocide by ISIS, calling President Obama’s handling of the situation “a sad state of affairs.”  

“Well of course we have a president who hasn’t said a word about it, and that is a very sad state of affairs to say the least,” he said. “Certainly, we need someone to stand up, to keep safe so many populations throughout the world, especially the Christians at this time.”

Voight spoke with Friday at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit where he introduced GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

In his speech, Voight mentioned the importance in his life of the Catholic saints, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Pope John Paul II.

“I’ve had two great gifts given to me in my life: one was that I was able to meet the recently made saint, Mother Teresa,” Voight said. “The second gift was being asked to portray Pope John Paul II in a wonderful miniseries.”

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