New Documentary on Pope Francis Released on DVD

Nov 19, 2013, 14:55 ET from Knights of Columbus

'Francis: The Pope From the New World' available at

Announcement made by The Knights of Columbus

ROME, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A documentary on the life and thinking of Pope Francis, the man who has fascinated the world since stepping onto the international stage earlier this year, will be available on DVD starting Nov. 20 on

Francis: The Pope From the New World traces the remarkable rise of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has become the first pope from the Americas, the first pope who is a Jesuit, and the first to take the name Francis. The hourlong program features interviews from around the world, featuring close friends, fellow priests, co-workers, his biographer and the poor of Buenos Aires. Most of the interviews and much of the film were shot on location in Argentina.

"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, 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."

The documentary begins with the electrifying moment when the new pope stands before the faithful in St. Peter's Square March 13, the day of his election. It then takes viewers through both the ordinary and climactic events of his life, from family dynamics, to his call to the priesthood, to his support for the San Lorenzo soccer team, to his care for those in the slums of Buenos Aires.

It traces Father Bergoglio's work for those threatened in Argentina's Dirty War that coincided with his time as Jesuit provincial, his advocacy for those affected by economic and political turmoil, and the opposition he sometimes encountered from Argentina's political elites.

The documentary can be ordered from Amazon at

A trailer and additional information on the documentary are available at

SOURCE Knights of Columbus