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On March 13, 2013, cardinals stunned the world when they elected Pope Francis, the first Latin American Pope. But why did they see in the 76-year-old Jesuit? Who is is Jorge Mario Bergoglio? 

ROME REPORTS travels to Argentina to investigate and discover the life that shaped Pope Francis. 

Through unedited testimonies, we hear from those who know him best, those who lived with Bergoglio. From his only living sister, Maria Elena, to his successor as superior-general of the Jesuits in Argentina. Hear from a priest who worked with Bergoglio in the country’s slums, and from the corner vendor who for years, sold him the daily newspaper. Meet the young man who overcame his addictions with support from the man the world now calls "the Pope”. 

The documentary begins with the moment a young Jorge Mario discovers his priestly vocation. Decades would pass and a historic conclave would forever change his life, and mark the history of the Catholic Church. 

Juan Martín Ezratty

Fictional Director
Mariano Farías 

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A Love Affair with the Truth. 

A compelling inside look at the life and times of Joseph Ratzinger and the challenging pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. This biographical documentary covers his childhood, his rise within the Catholic church and the first few years of his papacy as the Vicar of Christ.

It contains unique footage and interviews with those closest to him like his brother George and his biographer John Allen, get to know the pope of the new millennium.

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Dealing with Sex Abuse in the Church. 

Referring to clerical sex abuse, Pope Benedict XVI said, The greatest persecution of the Church does not come from external enemies, but is born of sin within the Church.             

In BAD APPLES, television news agency ROME REPORTS documents this problem and the responses from the Vatican during the last decades. It also analyzes the failure of management in Ireland, based on lies, and tracks the successful zero tolerance policy put into action in the United States.

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A Pope Who made History. 

This moving retrospective on John Paul II follows the story of his life from his youthful days in Poland to his entry into the priesthood to his long and legendary papacy.

Witness highlighted moments that made history and touched millions around the world in this sentimental look at one of the most beloved popes of all time.

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The Secret History of the Great Rescue. 

A revealing inside look at Pope Pius XIIs crucial role in helping hundreds of thousands of Jews escape Nazi persecution. See detailed documents and hear first-hand accounts of the clandestine efforts ordered by Pius.

Plus, a Holocaust survivor tells his story of how nuns hid him in a convent in Rome and kept him and many others safe during the deportation of Jews.

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Aids, Condoms and The Catholic Church. 

Shot in Kenya, Mozambique, Mexico and Thailand, this documentary takes a look at what the Catholic Church is doing to fight AIDS.

Told through the personal stories of those struck by the disease, it reveals the issues, controversies and prejudices they face daily.

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Messenger of Jesus Christ. 

Widely considered Christianitys greatest evangelizer, Paul of Tarsus dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel, travelling far and wide to deliver the word of God. His journeys ultimately brought him to the heart of the Roman empire, where Christianity took root.

Shot on location in Rome, this documentary takes you to the places where he taught, lived, worked, was martyred and buried.

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A Celebration of the Nativity. 

Celebrate the birth of Jesus right from the heart of the Catholic church. Relive the story of that fateful night when Christ was bornand hear about the centuries-old tradition of the reproduction of the Nativity scene. 

See the celebrations around Rome, the moving ceremonies as presided by Pope Benedict XVI and end with the unveiling of the Nativity scene in Saint Peters Square.

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A Journey with the Pope

See how Holy Week is commemorated in Rome. Hear from theologians, professors, art historians, and Vatican officials about Jesus last days on earth and how those moments have been relived throughout the centuries in Church ceremony and art. 

From the washing of the feet to the walk to Calvary, Pope Benedict XVI takes us step-by-step through these symbolic events as played out in the Eternal City.

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The Struggle for Religious Freedom. 

This documentary explores one of Chinas best kept secrets: religion.

Travelling across the country, viewers meet believers struggling for religious freedom, walking a thin line between toleration and persecution.

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The Election of Benedict XVI. 

2005 was a bittersweet year for the Catholic church. The faithful were dealt a heavy blow with the loss of a great leader. But that pain was tempered with the ascension of Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy.

Witness the historical events as they unfolded on the world stage with the election of the successor to John Paul II.

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