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New film reveals life of Spanish saint, who faced all odds to fulfill her vocation

2016-11-01

Throughout Spain, various theatres are now showing a new movie about the life of Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887), a nun who overcame the prejudices against women at the time to fulfill her vocation as a nun. 

She founded the Congregation of Servants of Mary, Ministers of the Sick, much to the disappointment of those around her, including her parents.

"I would like to be a nun.”

The actress who plays her on screen, Laura Contreras, describes St. Soledad as one who was delicate, insecure and weak at times, but a person with incredible strength to advance the Congregation and be a carrier of Christ's mercy, serving the sick and needy of the world. 

LAURA CONTRERAS 
"Luz de Soledad”
"Soledad believed she had to continue because she believed in what she was doing and it was her dream, her goal in life. She faced wars, revolutionary leaders and religious persecution. But thanks to her, the congregation has survived and lasted until today.”

The director, Pablo Moreno describes her life story as one, like many women at the time, that almost seems hidden from history. Yet, she had a powerful impact on the Spanish health field and the religious realm as well, through simply achieving her dreams. 

PABLO MORENO
Director, "Luz de Soledad”
"She is a woman and we have to claim the role of women in the Church. Today it is very important. The Church has a female face and we have to share this fact. We must bring to light all those stories of extraordinary women, who throughout history, have done fantastic things, not only for the Church, but also on a social level.”

Thus, Pablo had the chance to promote the film and life of St. Soledad in the heart of the Catholic Church, with the opportunity to meet Pope Francis and giving him a copy of the movie, one that he hopes will transcend emotions and reach the hearts of all viewers. 


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