Media Center Pick of the Week: Pope John Paul II

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict VXI will preside at the beatification ceremony for his immediate predecessor.

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict VXI will preside at the beatification ceremony for his immediate predecessor. Blessed John Paul II will be our companion this Easter season! In his formative years, the Holy Father suffered the tyrannies of Nazis and Communists. He lost each family member before his 21st birthday. As Archbishop Sapieha conferred Holy Orders, 26-year-old Karol Wojtyla risked execution. Afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, he continued his dynamic leadership and served as a model of Christian suffering. Among his many roles on the world’s stage, I hold John Paul the Poet most dearly in my heart. His elegy for his mother, “Over this your white grave,” prays into the depths of love and loss. In recognition of his authentic Christian witness, we feature “Life and Times of Pope John Paul II.” Winner of Best Documentary at the 2004 New York Film Festival, this 3 hour DVD has it all – archival footage, still photography, narration of his writings, and interviews with intimates and critics alike. Divided into 3 parts – “Life Story,” “Role in the Fall of Communism” and “A Critical Perspective,” this DVD offers a grand sweep of the second half of the 20th century and renders a detailed portrait of the Pontiff’s impacts on Church and culture. Use the on-line Order Form and request this DVD or search related titles with the key words: John Paul @ click here or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897). Check the USCCB website http://www.usccb.org/popejohnpaulii/ for an overview including biographical timeline and links to his major writings.