The pope gave a shout-out to the creators of ‘ALIVE,’ the eucharist film in theaters April 25

ALIVE Eucharist "ALIVE: Who is there?" is a new documentary about personal encounters with the Eucharist. | Hakuna Films/Bosco Films

The creators of a new documentary on the Eucharist got a special surprise to coincide with the film’s one-day release in U.S. theaters Monday: a plug from the pope.

“ALIVE: Who is there?” tells the story of five people whose lives are transformed by their encounter with the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Made in Spain by Bosco Films and Hakuna Films, the film is being shown in some 700 theaters across the U.S. on April 25. You can still buy tickets online and find a theater showing it near you by going to this website.

Hakuna Films is associated with the Hakuna movement, which is dedicated to inspiring devotion to the Eucharist.

Pope Francis offered words of encouragement to the group in a video message, mentioning by name Father José Manglano, the founder of the Hakuna movement.

"From Father José Manglano I heard about all his work with young people in Hakuna. Keep on working, it's worth it. Don't lose that creativity. May God bless him and the Virgin take care of him. And pray for me please," the pope said.

“To the young people of Hakuna, from all over the world, I send you my greetings and my blessing,” the pope added.

"Continue to proclaim the true happiness which is Jesus Christ. May God bless you and the Virgin Mary watch over you. And please do not forget to pray for me.”

“ALIVE” is in Spanish with English subtitles. The film was released in 14 countries prior to its U.S. debut. If ticket sales are strong enough, there is a possibility that the documentary’s U.S. release will be extended. You can watch the trailer below.

For its U.S. debut, new bonus content will be featured, including exclusive commentary from Diocese of Crookston Bishop Andrew Cozzens, who is the U.S. bishops’ conference chair on evangelization and catechesis and is leading a three-year national eucharistic revival that will begin in June of 2022.

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