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The 50th Jubilee year of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal affords an opportunity to share the Christian message via a documentary feature on one of the most respected advocates of the renewal in the Spirit - the Preacher to the Papal Household himself, Father Raniero Cantalamessa. Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, three very different popes of the modern era, have all trusted Father Cantalamessa as the official preacher to the Papal Household, the only preacher allowed to preach directly to the Pope.
He is a man who has consistently encouraged trust in God, Christian unity, and a humble faith based in preaching the Word of God. Father Raniero Cantalamessa has logged more than 140 hours over 37 years of preaching to the popes, cardinals, bishops, and general superiors of religious orders, making this friar the longest running Preacher to the Papal Household since the inception of the position in 1555.
An ecumenical leader, Father Cantalamessa is a respected voice in many Christian traditions, pointing always toward Christian unity. Intertwined with the history and challenges of the three most recent popes, this documentary mini-series is an inside look into the life and mission of an Italian Franciscan Capuchin Catholic priest, world-traveler, professor, author, television host, part-time hermit, and influential preacher passionate about Christian unity and spreading the Gospel of Christ.
This is the first documentary about Father Cantalamessa. Over four total hours of on-camera interviews with Father Cantalamessa, his biographer, and four fellow Capuchins have been completed. The documentary will highlight his experiences with each of the three popes and reveal a portion of Cantalamessa’s story from his humble beginnings in an Italian village through Baptism in the Holy Spirit, word-travels, and ecumenical efforts. They will be a mix of re-enactments, source footage, interviews, and host narration.
Partnerships: The Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, Something Like Real Pictures, and New Dominion Pictures, are working together to complete production of this series and secure worldwide broadcast and distribution.
Funding Goals: We need your help. This will be a documentary to change hearts, with approximately 60% re-enactments in addition to interviews, source footage, and host segments. To produce this with professional quality, we need to raise $500,000-750,000. Pledge your support today and we will notify you when we have enough pledges to begin accepting donations through the Catholic Fraternity.