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Vatican to release documentary with previously unseen footage from Vatican II

ARCH. CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI

President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications "We have 200 hours of footage from the preparatory activities and working sessions of the Council. Our intention is to make this rich repertoire of the Second Vatican Council available to all audiences.�

A team of fifty people helped produce the documentary which was made specifically for a TV format. People who were personally involved in the council are interviewed, including 14 cardinals who explain every document that came from the Council. What doesn't make it to the documentary, will be  part of a DVD collection with up to 12 hours of extra footage and unpublished testimonies.

ARCH. CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications "In the film we hear the testimony of Cardinal Wojtyla, the then archbishop of Krakow. A speech he made in Latin during the Council. One of the first interviews was with Monsignor Capovilla, the private secretary of Pope John XXIII. He speaks about the feelings and ideas, which he saw during the time he worked with John XXIII. What the Pope had in his heart when he called the Second Vatican Council.�

The film brings together different audio and video clips from the Vatican's Secret Library, showing the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. The release will also coincide with the beginning of the Year of Faith.

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