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"Pope Francis - A Man of His Word" Opens in Select Theaters

May 18, 2018 - 8:47 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new film featuring Pope Francis opens this weekend at The Tivoli and The Plaza Frontenac theaters titled "Pope Francis - A Man of His Word."  

German filmmaker Wim Wenders says he was pretty surprised when the Vatican came to him a few years ago and asked if wanted to conceive of and make a film featuring Pope Francis.

“Late in 2013 a letter arrived in my office from the Vatican with an invitation to come and talk to them about a film possibly including Pope Francis. I took deep breath and said wow," he says.

Venders tells KMOX's Mark Reardon he didn't want to do a biography of the pope.  Instead, a biography of his ideas and what he stands for.

The film features rare Vatican footage plus many intimate conversations with Pope Francis on a wide range of topics, from humor and happiness to the pontiff's anger over the clergy abuse crisis.