On the occasion of the beatification of Paul VI, Goya Productions launches a new documentary that rediscovers the figure of the pope unfairly criticized and forgotten. To him do we credit, among other things, the famous encyclical Humanae Vitae. This is a one of the themes being discussed on the Synod of the Family that has been taking place in Rome these past two weeks and that culminates with the beatification of Paul VI on October 19.
The hour-long documentary shows the life of John Baptist Montini, a life marked by the most dramatic upheavals of the twentieth century: from his encounters with fascism as a youth and living through World War II with Pope Pius XII, through the bitter ordeal of his pontificate.
After the death of John XXIII, Paul VI was given the task of bringing the Second Vatican Council to a conclusion and then govern a quite-shaken post-conciliar Church through one of the most terrible crisis in history. A victim of vicious attacks by fundamentalists Lefebrians, by guerrilla priests, by promoters of the sexual revolution, and by an unscrupulous press, Paul VI was able to maintain the direction of the Church through a revolution which shook the moral foundations of civilization.
Paul VI was the first Vicar of Christ to visit Africa, America, Oceania and Asia. He was the first to visit the Holy Land and the first to speak at the United Nations. He was an open-minded, pious Pope – perhaps too modern and prophetic to be understood by the people of his time.
This documentary shows images never before seen in Spain, as his assassination attempt in the Philippines, the attack on the Michelangelo’s Pietà and his denouncement of the action of the devil in the Church.
This version of the RAI film production rediscovers a pope that very few mourned, but whose heroic life now has led him to be raised to the Altar in the wake of two other great saints: his predessesor John XXIII and his successor, John Paul II.
Blessed Paul VI: The misunderstood pope will premiere on Salt + Light TV on Sunday October 19 at 9 pm EST.