Pope Francis will appear as himself in the new moviem Beyond the Sun, scheduled for release this Christmas.
The movie relates the story of a group of children who try to be like the apostles. The majority of the film was shot in Argentina, Pope Francis’ home country. Profits from the film will be donated to two charities in Argentina.
The Holy Father's role comes during the middle of the film, and then again at the end for about 6 minutes. Here he explains to the children how to follow Jesus. The Pope’s remarks were unscripted; he decided for himself what to say.
Here’s an excerpt of what he says in the film:
“Don’t think of [the Gospels] as a huge book … The Gospels are small. But you have to read them slowly, bit by bit. And you should be with someone who can explain whatever you don’t understand. “I recommend people who are adults to always carry a small Gospel with them in their pockets, in the woman’s purse, because – on the subway or on the bus, or waiting at the doctor’s, who knows – you can read a little. Or you keep it at home. […]
“Speak to Jesus … Tell him what’s happening to you. What happened today. Tell him the things you saw and you disliked, or in the school or out in the streets, or in your family … Jesus is waiting for you, and he is looking for you, and you don’t realize … Look for him, and that’s how you will find each other. Dare to do it.”
Pope Francis said to the crew : “Please pray for me.”
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