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Premiere of "A Man Who Became Pope "

The U.S. television premiere of "A Man Who Became Pope" is Monday, August 15 (8/7 c) only on the Hallmark Channel. It will be rerun on Sunday morning, August 21 and later August 27.

Hallmark Channel is honored to present the U.S. television premiere of, A Man Who Became Pope, the remarkable, true story of the life and times of Pope John Paul II. It is the first biopic on the life of the late Pontiff produced and broadcast on American television.

The late Pontiff watched this movie before he died, and the Vatican is quoted as saying the Pope was "impressed" and "appreciative." Moreover, Pope Benedict XVI screened this film on May 19 (the day after what would have been Pope John Paul II's 85th birthday) for the Cardinals, Bishops, priests and other authorities. Pope Benedict issued a statement (attached here) about the authentic recreation of Karol Wojtyla's life - a man the current Pope knew, loved and regarded as a dear friend -- and the transformative journey that led a small boy in Poland to grow up to become the Pope.
The Hallmark Channel proudly highlights the beautiful performances of the international cast, led by Piotr Adamczyk, Malgorzata Bela, Ken Duken, Matt Craven and Raoul Bova. "A Man Who Became Pope" is based on Gian Franco Svidercoschi's book Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of John Paul II. The movie was filmed entirely on locations throughout Italy and Eastern Europe. "A Man Who Became Pope" is presented by Pietro Valsecchi, produced by Taodue/RTI, in association with Capri Film. Giacomo Battiato directed "A Man Who Became Pope."

 

Scene from the filmPraised by Pope Benedict XVI in his Sunday Vatican address, "A Man Who Became Pope," a four-hour Hallmark Channel Original movie event, and the first of many proposed biographical films on the life and times of Pope John Paul II, chronicles the personal journey of young Karol Wojtyla from his Polish homeland to the Holy See. "A Man Who Became Pope" premieres Monday, August 15 (8/7 c). Piotr Adamczyk (pictured) stars as young Father Karol Wojtyla of Kracow.

 

 

Scence from the filmBefore his death this year, Pope John Paul II watched, "A Man Who Became Pope," a four-hour Hallmark Channel U.S. premiere movie event scheduled for Monday, August 15 (8/7 c) and was "impressed" and "appreciative." The film chronicles the journey of Karol Wojtyla from priest to bishop to the Bishop of Rome. An encore presentation is scheduled for Sunday, August 21 (check local listings). Piotr Adamczyk (pictured) stars as young Father Karol Wojtyla of Kracow.

 

 

Scene from the filmYoung priest Karol Wojtyla comforts Professor Wojcik after hearing that his local parish church has been bugged with listening devices and that a few trusted members of his congregation are spying on him for the opposition in, "A Man Who Became Pope," a four-hour Hallmark Channel Original movie event which chronicles the personal journey of young Karol Wojtyla from his Polish homeland to becoming Pope John Paul II. "A Man Who Became Pope" premieres Monday, August 15 (8/7 c). Piotr Adamczyk (left) stars as young Father Karol Wojtyla of Kracow and Kenneth Welsh (right) stars as Professor Wojcik.

 

 

Scene from the filmBishop Karol Wojtyla comforts his congregation while confronting Communist Party members who have disrupted his Sunday morning sermon in, "A Man Who Became Pope," a four-hour Hallmark Channel Original movie event which chronicles the personal journey of young Karol Wojtyla from his Polish homeland to becoming Pope John Paul II. "A Man Who Became Pope" premieres Monday, August 15 (8/7 c). Piotr Adamczyk (pictured) stars as young Father Karol Wojtyla of Kracow.

 

 

Scene from the filmPraised by Pope Benedict XVI in his Sunday address from the Vatican, "A Man Who Became Pope," a four-hour Hallmark Channel Original movie event, which chronicles the journey of young Karol Wojtyla to becoming a priest and then a bishop on his way to becoming the Bishop of Rome, premieres Monday, August 15 (8/7 c). An encore presentation is scheduled for Sunday, August 21 (check local listings). Piotr Adamczyk (pictured) stars as young Father Karol Wojtyla of Kracow.

 

Recommended reading(s):

Stories of Karol Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of John Paul II (Hardcover), by Gian Franco Svidercoschi, Peter Heinegg (Translator)

 

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