May 22, 2018
Renewed interest in Catholicism from the most surprising places in America, New York City and Hollywood, signals that a seemingly secular world still yearns to connect with God. From intrigue at the beauty of the vestments used during the Catholic liturgy to a new documentary in theatres about the current Roman Pontiff, the Catholic Church continues to draw the world to the divine.
Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opened its exhibition entitled "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" featuring Catholic liturgical vestments on loan from the Vatican.
Lest it be thought that only the bling of Catholicism attracts, Hollywood has helped set the record straight. Wim Wenders' new documentary, "Pope Francis – A Man of his Word," debuted last week and presents the simplicity and humility of the Church as personified in her current visible head here on earth.
The idea for the film came from Dario Edoardo Vigano, a cinephile who until recently led the Vatican's Office of Communications. The Vatican reached out to award-winning director Wenders, offered the pope's participation in a series of four interviews, opened the Vatican archives, and then gave Wenders creative license.