New Pope Francis documentary includes scenes of papal visit to Philly

The film is called "Pope Francis: A Man of his Word."

Mark Abrams
May 25, 2018 - 9:36 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A documentary film that chronicles the mission of Pope Francis, including the papal visit to Philadelphia, is generating activity at the box office.

It's called  "Pope Francis: A Man of his Word," and documentary-maker Wim Wenders was given extraordinary access to the Holy Father for the past few years. He presents a compelling, personal look at the man who leads the world's more than one billion Roman Catholics.

Dr. William Madges, a papal scholar from St. Joseph's University, says the popular pope - elected in 2013 - embraces his mission as a true servant of God.

"For people who are not Catholic, the attraction, I think, is Pope Francis comes across as very genuine, very compassionate, a person who's concerned not only for those who are on the margin but this great concern he has for the environment," Madges said.

Madges says the film captures some of the Philadelphia papal visit in 2015, including his visit to the Curran-Fromhold prison and his entertaining commentary during the World Meeting of Families, Festival of Families on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

The documentary is now playing in select theaters across the region.