“If you don’t take the bad apple out of the basket it can spoil the rest of the fruit.”
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. Thus the Church has a profound need to relearn penance, purification, forgiveness and justice.”
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.
“BAD APPLES” is a comprehensive documentary on a complex problem, with shocking testimony from victims, advice from psychologists and testimony from the most active bishops dealing with abuse. It also includes analysis from Vatican insiders on what is happening behind the scenes at the Vatican. Watch first 8 minutes
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. Through 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.
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.
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.
“Year for Priests—Special Report"
“Year for Priests—Special Report" responds to the invitation by Benedict XVI to rediscover the importance of priesthood.
A fascinating journey that explores the mission of the priest, narrates the vocation of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, presents the patron saint of priests, the Cure of Ars, explains the ordination ritual, and takes the audience from an international seminary in Rome to the place of the first Eucharist, the Cenacle of Jerusalem.
A personal testimony on the very call that unites cardinals like Joseph Zen (China), Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga (Honduras), Julián Herranz (Spain), and Francis Arinze (Nigeria) to tell how they discovered their priestly vocation.
The special report includes an interview with cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and chief organizer of the Year for Priests.
Widely considered Christianity’s 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.
A revealing inside look at Pope Pius XII’s 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.
This documentary explores one of China’s best kept secrets: religion. Travelling across the country, viewers meet believers struggling for religious freedom, walking a thin line between toleration and persecution.
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.
Celebrate the birth of Jesus right from the heart of the Catholic church. Relive the story of that fateful night when Christ was born…and 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 Peter’s Square.
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.
Benedict XVI presides over the emotional ceremony inaugurating a marble statue of St. Josemaria on the outside of St. Peter’s Basilica. Included is the testimony of Opus Dei prelature, Javier Echevarria, successor of the saint, and Italian sculptor Romano Cosci, who give their take on what goes beyond admiring the statue at first glance.
The moving story of Mexican architect Bosco Gutierrez-Cortina’s nine months in captivity where he rediscovered his faith and life’s important elements. A great man’s testimony who never gave up while held hostage and managed to escape to freedom.