The premiere of the documentary entitled, Francis. The Pope of Surprises., brought three cardinals and 14 ambassadors to the Holy See together in Rome. And many described the film as exploring the more personal side of Francis' pontificate.
CARD. SEÁN PATRICK O'MALLEY
Archbishop of Boston
If Pope Francis is the pope of the surprises, then this documentary was a great surprise.
I think it captured the spirit of Francis, his humanity, his compassion, his sense of humor, his joy of being with people—that vicinanza that he's always talking about. You could see it in every scene.
But the film did not just recall special moments in Francis' decade-long pontificate. It was also a call to action for Christians.
DR. RAMÓN TALLAJ
Dr. Ramón Tallaj Foundation
Generally, we Catholics, Christians, tend to lag behind, to stay behind, to turn the other cheek. And obviously, we are turning the other cheek, but at the same time, we have to teach what our Church really is, what the pontificate is, in this case of Pope Francis and continue to promote this in the world.
The documentary also highlighted many topics that have been repeated in Pope Francis' actions, encyclicals and travels throughout these last 10 years. For example, care for those most in need and the importance of intergenerational dialogue.
CARD. FERNANDO FILONI
Grand Master, Order of the Holy Sepulchre
The documentary has the beauty of organically presenting this humanity in its various dimensions: the personal relationship, the relationship with children, with the elderly, with the aged, etc. So one can see through it a true knowledge of the humanity of Pope Francis.
The documentary marks the 10th anniversary of Francis' election and reflects on some of the hallmarks of his pontificate: his personal relationship with those he meets and his love of surprises.