Since stepping onto the world stage, Pope Francis has fascinated both Catholics and non-Catholics around the world, as evidenced by his recent selection as Time magazine’s “Man of the Year.”
But how much is known about the man who became pope? What do his close friends think about him? What do fellow priests, co-workers, his biographer and the poor of Buenos Aires have to say about the first pope from the Americas?
Learn more about Pope Francis in the EWTN documentary “Francis: The Pope From the New World” that will be broadcast on January 15, January 16 and January 18.
“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins—but does not end—with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, one of the documentary’s executive producers. “Still, what remain largely unknown to the public are many details of Pope Francis’ life, the work he has done and the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles. This documentary delves into those stories.”
Ordinary and Climatic Events
The program begins with the electrifying moment when Pope Francis stands before the crowd in St. Peter’s Square on the day of his election. It then takes viewers through both the ordinary and climactic events of his life. These events include his family dynamics, his call to the priesthood, his support for the San Lorenzo soccer team and his care for those in the slums of Buenos Aires.
The program traces Pope Francis’ work for those threatened in Argentina’s Dirty War, his advocacy for those affected by economic and political turmoil, and the opposition he sometimes encountered from Argentina’s political elites.
The documentary will be broadcast on EWTN at 9:30 p.m. ET (Wednesday, January 15), at 10 a.m. ET (Thursday, January 16) and 6 p.m. ET (Saturday, January 18). Check local listings to confirm time and channels.
Much of the footage from this hour-long program, which traces the remarkable rise of this humble priest, was shot on location in Argentina. The first airing of the documentary on January 15 will be preceded at 8 p.m. ET by a special “EWTN Live” that features Andrew T. Walther and Alejandro Bermudez, the program’s executive producers.
Several months after his selection, Pope Francis was featured on the cover of Maryknoll magazine, the publication of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers that for 103 years has served as the foreign mission society of the U.S. Catholic Church. Click here to read the Maryknoll magazine story about Pope Francis.