ROME — The Knights of Columbus' new film on the life of Pope Francis and his election to the papacy will be available on DVD starting Nov. 20.
“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, an executive producer.
“Still, what remains largely unknown to the public are many details of Pope Francis’ life, the work he has done and the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles. This documentary delves into those stories,” Anderson said.
The hour-long Francis: The Pope From the New World has been broadcast on the Fox Business Network and CNBC.
The documentary begins with the Pope’s election on March 13 and revisits his background in Argentina, where he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires and as a Jesuit provincial.
Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, is the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit pope. He has long been an advocate for those struggling economically, including those who lived in the slums of Buenos Aires. He also helped protect those endangered in Argentina’s Dirty War. At times, he encountered opposition from Argentina’s political elites.
The film uses interviews with the Pope’s close friends, his fellow priests, his co-workers, his biographer and the poor of Buenos Aires. It covers his personal life, including his family relations and his support for the San Lorenzo soccer team.
A trailer and more information about the documentary is available at its website, popefrancisdocumentary.com.