Philadelphia, Pa., May 16, 2018 / 13:54 pm
The upcoming film, "Pope Francis: A Man of his Word," has won praise from Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who applauded the movie's compelling portrayal of the Holy Father.
The director "weaves an on-going, intimate, one-on-one interview with the pope throughout the film. It's a hugely effective technique; one has a sense that Francis is looking directly at, speaking directly to, the individual viewer," the archbishop wrote in a May 14 column.
The hour-and-a-half documentary offers an intimate look at the pope's travels, acts of charity, and speeches. It shows the pope's response to social issues around the world, including immigration and the value of family life.
Distributed by Focus Features, the movie will be released in select theaters on May 18. Archbishop Chaput reviewed the film at an early screening. Additionally, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago hosted a screening and discussion on May 14.