Media Center Pick of the Week

mc GeniusoftheHeartPope Benedict XVI chose the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council – October 11, 2012 – for the inception of the Year of Faith. The Vatican has urged the faithful to rediscover the riches of the Council’s teachings. This week, we feature the first of five documentaries in the “Faithful Revolution” series, “Genius of the Heart.”

mc GeniusoftheHeartPope Benedict XVI chose the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council – October 11, 2012 – for the inception of the Year of Faith. The Vatican has urged the faithful to rediscover the riches of the Council’s teachings. This week, we feature the first of five documentaries in the “Faithful Revolution” series, “Genius of the Heart.” This initial film focuses on Pope John XXIII. The title is borrowed from the term of endearment for the Pope by graphic artist, Frederick Franck. His iconic graphic poster has entered the popular imagination as a defining image of Good Pope John. Produced in 1997, this one-hour documentary offers historic movie footage and commentary from an array of bishops, theological experts and journalists intimately involved in the Council. Thirty-two years of reflection proves fruitful in their profound insights. Frequent quotations of the Pope’s opening address prompted me to study the speech. I was profoundly moved by his call for unity – among Catholics, the body of Christians and the human family. He located this call in Jesus’ prayer that all may be one. Convened during Middle East conflict, the American Civil Rights struggle and the Cold War’s specter of nuclear annihilation, Pope John intended the Council to serve as a sign of hope. At the dawn of the Age of Mass Media, images of the Universal Church engaging the challenges of the modern world, in consultation with all Christians and people of faith, repudiated the prophets of doom and set before humankind a renewed, vigorous proclamation of the Good News. Pope John’s personal secretary, Msgr. Loris Capovilla poignantly remembered: “He loved people. He taught people to forgive. He illuminated the earth and then he left.” Order “Genius of the Heart” from the Media Resource Center or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897) for assistance. (Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)