The news arrives from US: Pope Francis will appear in the children’s movie “Beyond the Sun” (Ambi Pictures). Presented as an absolute première (although we cannot call it that way, since Pius XII had agreed to appear in the movie “Pastor Angelicus”), the production company wrote: “Pope Francis will feature in a story based on the Gospels, which will allow children around the world to learn and understand the parable of the son of God through many stories containing Jesus’ message. “The Pope’s participation – they explain – has charitable purposes, since “all the profits will be given to two Argentinian charitable associations: El Almendro and Los Hogares de Cristo, which support Pope Francis’ social and spiritual message in the movie. These organizations help vulnerable children and young adults in difficulty.”
The movie is a story of family adventure, “in which children from different cultures emulate apostles in search of Jesus in the world around them. The movie will be uplifting and is intended to engage spiritually and encourage the public of all ages to transmit Jesus’ words, to understand them and inspire to live a better life, making good choices and helping the others.”
According to Monia Bacardi, co-founder of Ambi Pictures, “it is a great honor to have had the opportunity to work with Pope Francis, in order to spread awareness of his message through this movie. Families around the world will not only be able to enjoy this movie and have fun, it will also move them. There are creative ways to help those in need around the world and we hope that this movie will do so. We appreciate Pope Francis’ permission to film him and use his image in our movie. “Filming is expected to begin the following months in Italy. Afterwards, Ambi itself will take care of distributing the movie worldwide.
The release of the production company and in its media transpositions around the world insist on the fact that the Pope “will impersonate himself,” giving the idea of being an actor. Vatican sources, however, deny this fact. Francis will not appear in the movie nor will he impersonate himself. Luis Badilla, from the Seismograph commented roughly: “We have got the impression that, as it has already happened several times before, someone is mixing up truth and lies in an attempt to mount a propagandistic operation which is alien to the will, good faith, generosity, and helpfulness of the Holy Father.”