Karol: A Man Who Became Pope
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"I plead with you-never,ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid. Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate
or complain, but simply loves". His love to God, Poland and all people was tremendous. He thought us how to forgive and go on.
This movie shows the fundaments of his faith and how it all happened. It is very emotional picture. It is 3 hours long but worth watching every minute of it.
ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
AT THE VIEWING OF A FILM
ON THE LIFE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
Thursday, 19 May 2005
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am certain to interpret the common sentiments and express living gratitude to those who wanted to offer me and all of you the opportunity to view this moving film tonight; it traces the life of young Karol Wojty³a, leading to his election as the Pontiff known as "John Paul II".
I greet and thank Cardinal Roberto Tucci for his introduction to the film. I then address a word of admiration to the director and writer, Giacomo Battiato, and to the actors, especially Piotr Adamczyk who played the part of John Paul II, to the producer Pietro Valsecchi and to the networks "Taodue" and "Mediaset".
I cordially greet the other Cardinals, Bishops, priests, Authorities and all those who wanted to take part in this viewing in honour of the beloved Pontiff, recently deceased. We all remember him with deep affection and heartfelt gratitude. Yesterday, he would have celebrated his 85th birthday.
"Karol, un uomo diventato Papa" [Karol, a man who became Pope] is the title of the drama, taken from a text by Gian Franco Svidercoschi. The first segment, as we have seen, highlights the situation in Poland under the Nazi regime, with emphasis - now and then very emotionally strong - given to the repression of the Polish people and to the genocide of the Jews. These are atrocious crimes that show all of the evil that was contained in the Nazi ideology.Read more ›
Both films are a beautiful, moving tribute to a man who taught love and practiced what he preached. I think they are wonderfully acted by the title roles- I cannot recommend them highly enough. Pope Benedict himself gave them a favourable review but you don't need to be Catholic, Christian or even religious to recognise the goodness of JPII and see the gift he had with people- especially youth.
This film captures the essence of who Karol was and what motivated him in a time of oppression and fear. It puts the message of John Paul's papacy 'DO NOT BE AFRAID' into a new light when you see how hard he must have struggled not to let fear conquer him in his life.
In 'KAROL; THE POPE, THE MAN' the actors reprise their roles - Piotr Adamczyk is utterly superb in portraying the Pope to the point of his death. This young actor really does deserve praise. Together these are truly great films that inspire and uplift like the man himself.
I hope as many people as possible get the chance to enjoy them
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Excellent movie. This Pope was trully formed by his experiences growing up in Poland. What a blessing for the Church.Published 2 months ago by Tammy S
Great movie that gives one a new prospective on the life of Pope John and what inspired him to serve our Lord.Published 3 months ago by Deanne L. Schottler
I am Protestant and not Catholic but other than a couple of points of theology this is genuine history and an Excellent movie..Published 5 months ago by Red Cholla
A fantastic film about the early life of Karol (Pope John Paul II) and his growing up during WWII with the invasion of the Nazis and how the Jewish people were treated during that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary K. Minjeur
Best movie ever- This Pope was a brother Mason. This shows and he has provided guidance to his Church that only a very devoted Christian could preform. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James A. Becker
This film is my favorite done on the life of St. John Paul II. It is one that I have watched over and over again. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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