Teresa Villa, a spokeswoman for Televisa, confirmed to the New York Times on Thursday that the pope made the statement about civil unions in an interview with the broadcaster's Vatican correspondent, Valentina Alazraki, which took place last year. The interview was recorded with Vatican-owned cameras, and the network was given footage of the interview - but apparently not all footage - after the interview.
While Alazraki's interview was released by Televisa June 1, 2019, Pope Francis' comments on civil union legislation were not included in the published version, and had not previously been seen by the public.
According to the Times, two other people close to the company, who asked not to be identified, said that the interview was filmed with Vatican cameras and the Vatican had control over the footage. The two sources also said that Francis' comments on same-sex unions were cut from the version of the interview footage Televisa received from the Vatican.
The interview Pope Francis gave to Televisa appeared to have been shot in the same place, with the same lighting and the same appearance as the pope's comments on civil unions, which drew questions this week about the statement's origin, with conflicting reports coming from different sources.
Afineevsky, who said he was given access to Vatican archival video footage during the documentary's years-long production, told CNA and other journalists on Wednesday that Pope Francis' comment in support of legalizing same sex civil unions was made during an interview the director himself conducted with Pope Francis. Televisa's statement and analysis of the footage contrast that account.
Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, director of the Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolica, said on Wednesday evening "there is nothing new" in the pope's remarks on civil unions.