Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Italian film comedy on fictional Pope draws large crowds, mixed reviews

Catholic World News - April 19, 2011

An Italian film comedy about a Pope with psychological problems has made an impressive debut at the box office, and drawn sharply mixed reactions from Catholic reviewers.

Habemus Papam, directed by Nanni Moretti, has drawn thousands of viewers as it opens just before Easter—at a time when the papacy is particularly in public focus because of the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Writing in Avvenire, the daily newspaper published by the Italian bishops’ conference, Salvatore Izzo gave the movie a negative review, and called for a boycott. But Vatican Radio and the Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica saw the movie as inoffensive.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,796 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,203.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: DrJazz - Apr. 19, 2011 11:49 PM ET USA

    I dare Moretti to make a film comedy about an Imam with psychological problems, and release it around Ramadan. Let's see how that one goes over.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 16 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 18 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17