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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries and Movies: Papacy

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The Kelly Library collects resources to support the Faculty of Theology and the St Michael's College Christianity and Culture Program

This page lists documentaries about the papacy and individual popes, as well as movie dramatizations of the lives of individual popes.

 

The Agony and the Ecstasy

The Agony and the Ecstasy

PS3537 .T669 A72 2005 DVD
138 minutes
A feature-length movie dramatization of Irving Stone's novel about the struggle between Pope Julius II and the artist Michelangelo over the painting of the Sistine Chapel. Starring Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison.

A Celebration of Mass: His Holiness Pope John Paul II

A Celebration of Mass: His Holiness Pope John Paul II

BX2230.2 .J64 2000 DVD
60 minutes
This programme lets you join Pope John Paul II as he celebrates The Holy Mass in such diverse countries as Argentina, Canada, Spain, Poland, Australia, the Philippines and St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican.

Christ Our Hope

Christ Our Hope

BX1378.6 .C475 2008 DVD
6 discs
Complete coverage of the 2008 apostolic visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States including the speeches he gave in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The Church in the New Millennium: From the Writings of Joannes Paulus PP. II

BX1378.5 .C487 2006 DVD
90 minutes
Father Thomas Norris reflects on the contemporary relevance of "Encyclical on the New Millennium", an apostolic letter delivered by John Paul the Great at the close of the Great Jubilee in 2000.

Concilium Vaticanum II

Concilium Vaticanum II

BX830 1962 .C6635 2006z
A documentary about the Second Vatican Council which took place between 1962 and 1965 and marked a break with the Catholic Church's past, both on a liturgical and a canonical level.

Created and Redeemed: The Universal Message of John Paul II's Theology of the Body

BT741.2 .J643 W46 2004 DVD
480 minutes.
Author and host Christopher West uses Pope John Paul's Theology of the Body for an eight-part discussion on marriage and sexuality as God meant them to be experienced, while also addressing more general questions of importance on human origins, the meaning of life, gender, and the existence of evil.

The Election of His Holiness Benedict XVI

The Election of His Holiness Benedict XVI

BX1378.6 .E44 2005 DVD
120 minutes; released 2005.
EWTN news anchor Raymond Arroyo and Father Richard John Neuhaus guide viewers through the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI on 19 April 2005.

A Hand of Peace

A Hand of Peace: Pope Pius XII & the Holocaust

BX1378 .H33 2008 DVD
55 minutes
An examination of the response of Pope Pius XII to the Nazi extermination of Jews during World War II.

Inside the Vatican

Inside the Vatican

DG794 .I57 2002 DVD
90 minutes; released 2002.
A documentary about Vatican City narrated by Martin Sheen. Directed by John Bredar.

The Jeweller's Shop

The Jeweller's Shop

PG7169 .O4 P722 1988 DVD
95 minutes; released 1988.
A movie adaptation of a play by Pope John Paul II about love and family. Starring Burt Lancaster. Directed by Michael Anderson.

John Paul II and university students: 25 years of meetings

John Paul II and University Students: 25 Years of Meetings

BX1378.5 .J6355 2004 DVD
124 minutes
Go inside the Vatican walls in this video that highlights 25 years of meetings between John Paul II and university students. Watch never before seen footage of John Paul II as he laughs and jokes with students from around the world and challenges them to live up to the full demands of the Gospel. John Paul II's humor, affection for young people, and ability to relate to today's youth has never been so candidly captured.

John Paul II: His Life, His Pontificate

John Paul II: His Life, His Pontificate

BX1378.5 .J646 2004 DVD
100 minutes
Two documentaries on Pope John Paul II.

John Paul II: Seasons of the Apostle

John Paul II: Seasons of the Apostle

BX1378.5 .I6363 2006 DVD
60 minutes
A four-part documentary which traces Pope John Paul II's journey through the seasons of his life.

John Paul II: The Millenial Pope

BX1378.5 .J635 1999 VHS
150 minutes
A PBS Frontline documentary about Pope John Paul II.

John Paul II: The Pope Who Made History

John Paul II: The Pope Who Made History

BX1378.5 .I636 2006 DVD
350 minutes
A chronological presentation of the life of Pope John Paul II.

John Paul II: This is My Story

John Paul II: This is My Story

BX1378.5 .I6364 2006 DVD
75 minutes
An intimate and meditative portrait in which Pope John Paul II relates the most significant events of his life, touching upon some of the most important events of modern times.

John Paul the Great

John Paul the Great

BX1378.5 .J65562 2007 DVD
60 minutes
A documentary about Pope John Paul II divided into five chapters: Poland's Native Son, Called from a Far-Away Country, Forging New Paths, Papal Firsts, and Karol Wojtyla's Agony.

Karol

BX1378.5 .S8822 2006 DVD
375 minutes
A CBC dramatization of the life of Pope John Paul II (born Karol Wojtyla). The film begins in 1930s Poland, where Karol's artistic aspirations are halted by the Nazi invasion. He forms a politically-committed underground threatre and during the occupation decides to enter the priesthood. His compassion leads Karol to take a strong and dangerous stance against the tyranny of Communism, which he helped to bring down in his homeland, and throughout his life he would take up the cause of the oppressed. His faith and courage finally lead him to Rome and the Papacy.

Life & Times of Pope John Paul II

Life & Times of Pope John Paul II

BX1378.5 .L54 2003 DVD
180 minutes
A three-part documentary about Pope John Paul II.

The Life of Pope John Paul II

The Life of Pope John Paul II

BX1378.5 .L54 2005 DVD
77 minutes
Reported by NBC News' Keith Morrison - this documentary uses archival footage, interviews with childhood friends and Vatican insiders, to trace Pope John Paul II's career from his beginnings in Poland to his Papal missions around the globe as a champion of human rights.

Messages of the Holy Father to Youth of the World

Messages of the Holy Father to Youth of the World

BX2347.8 .Y7 M47 2004 DVD
72 minutes
Reflections on the messages the Holy Father has given to the youth of the world through World Youth Days.

Peter: Keeper of the Keys

Peter: Keeper of the Keys

BS2515 .P47 2003 DVD
75 minutes
Best-selling Catholic author Stephen Ray takes the viewer to Galilee, Jerusalem, and Rome in his study of St. Peter the Apostle. He answers questions about the infallibility of the Pope, papal succession, and the truth of Catholic teaching. Part of The Footprints of God series.

Pilgrimage to the Peaks

Pilgrimage to the Peaks

BX1378.5 .P57 1993 VHS
120 minutes
News coverage of the 1993 visit of Pope John Paul II to Colorado.

Pope Benedict XVI: A Love Affair with the Truth

BX1378.6 .P665 2008 DVD
56 minutes
The first in-depth biographical documentary film on the life of Pope Benedict XVI, from his childhood in Bavaria, Germany to his papacy as the Vicar of Christ.

Pope Fiction

BX955.2 .M322 2003 DVD
16 (30 minute) episodes
Patrick Madrid explores the many myths and misconceptions Catholics and non-Catholics have regarding the papacy.

Pope John Paul II

BX1378.5 .P6567 2006 DVD
180 minutes
A dramatization of the life of Pope John Paul II. Starring Jon Voight and Cary Elwes.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

BX1378.5 .P583 2004 DVD
104 minutes
Contains Do Not Be Afraid - The Life and Teachings of Pope John Paul II, and Do This in Memory of Me - The Easter and Christmas Liturgies Celebrated by Pope John Paul II. HBO Video.

Pope John Paul II

BX1378.5 .P6576 2005 DVD
120 minutes
A feature-length documentary on the life of Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II: 1920-2005

BX1378.5 .P65765 2005 DVD
57 minutes
This BBC tribute looks at the life and legacy of Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II: Statesman of Faith

BX1378.5 .P657 2005 DVD
50 minutes
A&E documentary celebrating the life and faith of Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II: The Story of a Holy Life

BX1378.5 .P6573 2003 DVD
Approx. 83 minutes.
Examines the belief and influence of Pope John Paull II.

Pope Pius XII

BX1378 .M373 2004 DVD
12 (30 minute) programs
Sister Margherita Marchione and Ronald Rychlak explore the life, work, and teachings of Pope Pius XII.

Santa Subito!

Santa Subito!

BX1378.5 .S268 2007 DVD
Approx. 60 minutes.
Footage of John Paul II is set to a soundtrack of traditional and contemporary music.

Shoes of the Fisherman

Shoes of the Fisherman

PR9619.3 .W4 S4 2005 DVD
162 minutes; released 1968.
A feature-length movie about a fictional Russian pope who attempts to avert a conflict between Communist Russia and Communist China by declaring that the Church's wealth should alleviate the world's starving people and challenges other institutions to do the same. Starring Anthony Quinn.

Soldiers of the Pope

Soldiers of the Pope

UA749.5 .S65 1997 DVD
50 minutes
An exclusive visit behind the walls of the Vatican records the history, traditions, and daily life of the smallest army in the world, the Swiss Guard, whose duty is to defend the pope.

Solemn Funeral Mass for His Holiness John Paul II

Solemn Funeral Mass for His Holiness John Paul II

BX1378.5 .S6 2005 DVD
180 minutes
This documentary guides viewers through the funeral Mass of Pope John Paul II.

Solemn Mass of Inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI

Solemn Mass of Inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI

BX1378.6 .S65 2005 DVD
180 minutes
EWTN news anchor Raymond Arroyo and Father Richard John Newhaus guide viewers through the Inaugural Mass of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005.

Testimony

Testimony: The Untold Story of Pope John Paul II

BX1378.5 .D972 2008 DVD
90 minutes
A documentary about Pope John Paul II based on the biography by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. Narrated by Michael York.

Tu es Petrus

Tu es Petrus

BX1378.5 .T847 2005z DVD
60 minutes
A documentary about the dramatic events of 2005: the worsening of Pope John Paul II's illness, his last days, the funeral mass, and the the conclave which elected Pope Benedict SVI.

The Vatican Revealed

DG796 .V38 2005 DVD
100 minutes
A comprehensive history of the origins of the Vatican - from the Roman "Old St. Peter's" to the papacy's temporary move to Avignon to today's tourist mecca - through interviews with historians, reconstructions of crucial events, and on-site artifacts.

Vatican II: A Civilization of Love

BX830 1962 .V234 1988 DVD
12 discs, approx. 324 minutes
A retrospective look at the Second Vatican Council and its impact on matters of liturgy and doctrine.

Witness to Hope: The Life of John Paul II

Witness to Hope: The Life of John Paul II

BX1378.5 .W452 2005 DVD
115 minutes
A documentary about the life of Pope John Paul II based on the biography by George Weigel.

World Youth Day with the Pope in Canada

BX2347.8 .Y7 W679 2002 DVD
93 minutes
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documents Pope John Paul II's visit to Canada for World Youth Day, July 18-28, 2002.