MTRCB chief encourages youth and Catholics to watch ‘Pope Francis Story’

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Argentine actor Dario Grandinetti portrays Pope Francis, shown here just before he was elected to lead the Roman Catholic Church as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio

Argentine actor Dario Grandinetti portrays Pope Francis, shown here just before he was elected to lead the Roman Catholic Church as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio

“This is an opportunity for us to know him, his struggles, his triumphs, his joys,” is what Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chairman Eugenio “Toto” Villareal has to say about the upcoming biopic of the Holy Father, Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story. The movie opens on September 30 from Pioneer Films.

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At a special screening at SM Megamall Cinema 3, Villareal urged the public to intensify their affection for the Pope.

“I have been taught that we should love the Pope with that real love of a son or daughter for a father. Use this occasion to formulate a resolution or two in regard to our love for the Pope,” he encouraged.

The PG-rated bio flick features the life of the Jesuit Father Jorge Bergoglio as a priest and his journey toward becoming the Catholic Church’s 266th Pope.

“This film offers us a picture and inspiration of and from the man who is now our beloved Pope Francis. His strengths and weaknesses will be there, as well as his triumphs and joys,” continued Villareal. “It’s a fitting follow-up doon sa ginawang pagbisita ng Santo Papa sa atin early this year,” he added.

Playing the role of Pope Francis in the film is Argentine actor Dario Grandinetti. “Very poignant and very human ang portrayal dito. Makikita rin yung kanyang malasakit, yung tinatawag na mercy and compassion sa ating mga kapwa,” he shared.

Also present during the movie screening were Bishop Hubert Mylo Vergara, CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications; Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual, President and COO of Radio Veritas; Rev. Fr. Francis Lucas, President of Catholic Media Network; Sr. Consolata Manding, FSP of CBCP Cinema; and Pioneer Films’ Karenina and Karla Yoluque.

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