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The film Pope Francis never got to see

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Oct 25, 2013

Here’s a delightful tidbit from the Catholic News Service, courtesy of L’Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis enjoys movies. But since he didn’t own a television set while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he would arrange to have DVDs sent to the local Catholic TV station, where he would screen them in the studio. In March, when he left for Rome to attend the conclave, there was a film waiting for him at the TV station: Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam.

As far as we know, the Pope still hasn’t seen the film. Maybe it’s just as well. Moretti’s movie is about a prelate who, having been selected by the conclave, runs away and refuses to accept election.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: ForOthers8614 - Oct. 27, 2013 2:17 AM ET USA

    My wife and I disposed of TV in 1997. Still being junkies, we would flip on the luminescent cesspool when we stayed in a hotel once a year. The first year, we noticed that a new swear word that we had never heard before magically sounded in three shows on two different networks. We made an annual contest to see who could first discover the "word of the year." In year four, it was actually a concept so foul that I could not tell my wife. Beware, you are frogs in Hollywood's sauce pan.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 26, 2013 8:46 AM ET USA

    It is reassuring to discover that the future pope didn't watch television, that he didn't even have one. Any time someone reveals to me that he hasn't a set in his living room, I know immediately that I want to talk with him, that he is his own man, that he stands head and shoulders above the crowd. If it were possible to magically destroy this hopelessly corrupt medium, the world would instantly become a far better place to live.