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Watch ‘Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story’ – MTRCB Chief

“This is an opportunity for us to know him, his struggles, his triumphs, his joys.” It’s Atty. Eugenio “Toto” Villareal, Chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), speaking about Pope Francis in connection with the upcoming film entitled Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story.

During a special screening at the SM Megamall Cinema 3 on Sept.17, Villareal urged everyone to intensify their affection for the Pope. “I have been taught that we should love the Pope with that real love of a son or daughter for a father. Use this occasion to formulate a resolution or two in regard to our love for the Pope,” he said.

Father Jorge Bergoglio is today's Pope Francis

The PG-rated bio flick, distributed locally by Pioneer Films, features the life of the Jesuit Father Jorge Bergoglio as a priest and his election as Pope. It opens in Philippine cinemas on Sept.30.

“This film offers us a picture of, and inspired on, the man who in now Pope Francis. The strengths and weaknesses will be there, as will be the triumphs and joys,” said Villareal. “It’s a fitting follow-up doon sa ginawang pagbisita ng Santo Papa sa atin early this year,” he added.

Playing the role of Pope Francis in the film is Argentine actor Dario Grandinetti. “Very poignant and very human ang portrayal dito. Makikita rin yung kanyang malasakit, yung tinatawag na mercy and compassion sa ating mga kapwa,” Villareal shared.

Also present during the movie screening were Bishop Hubert Mylo Vergara, CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications; Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual, President and COO of Radio Veritas; Rev. Fr. Francis Lucas, President of Catholic Media Network; Sr. Consolata Manding, FSP of CBCP Cinema; and Pioneer Films’ Karenina and Karla Yoluque.

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