‘The Face of Mercy’ Film Offers Hope to a Hurting World

Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, the documentary interweaves history, theology and testimonials.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Personal stories about God’s mercy at work in the world today will be the focus of a new Catholic-produced documentary that will air on ABC affiliates across the United States.

“These testimonies remind us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion or theological concept — it is alive, it is present, and it is a force that can transform the world,” Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson said Nov. 14.

The one-hour film The Face of Mercy depicts mercy as the antidote to evil even in great difficulty. Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, the film interweaves history, theology and testimonials about the importance of mercy in people’s lives.

Testimonies come from Immaculée Ilibagiza, who forgave those who murdered her family in the Rwandan genocide; a New York police officer who works for peace despite having been shot and paralyzed from the waist down; a young widow who forgave the killer of her husband; a baseball player who became a priest; and a former NFL linebacker who now shares Christ’s mercy with the homeless.

The film was produced by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal order with 1.9 million members worldwide.

Anderson said the film “highlights the sort of transformations that are possible in individual lives that embrace the way of mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation.”

Pope Francis declared a Year of Mercy for the Catholic Church that began on Dec. 8, 2015. It closes this Sunday, Nov. 20.

The film is available at Amazon.com, the Ignatius Press website and the Knights of Columbus site Knights Gear.

Broadcast dates and more information are available at FaceofMercyFilm.com.

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