The Story of The Pope

The career of Pope Pius XII, from his election as Pope in 1939 to his involvement in World War II, is documented in this rare film narrated by the legendary Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.
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DVD-R Details

  • Run Time: 1 hours
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: May 21, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1946
  • Label: Alpha Video

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“In a day when the world is suffering from the nemesis of mediocrity and the dearth of great leadership, when people tend to lose their moral responsibility, it is indeed consoling to know that someone in the midst of chaos is keeping the blueprints of a moral order, and that a great voice still rings out, proclaiming that peace is grounded not on power but on justice and on love...Never in history has there been so many shorn and bleeding lambs. Rarely before has God in his providence given to their sorrow and their broken hearts one who has merited more the glorious title...“Pastor Angelicus.” – Rt. Rev. Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen

The Story of the Pope is a reverent look at the career of Pope Pius XII, from his election as Pope in 1939, to his involvement in World War II, when “he located and befriended thousands upon thousands of Jews who had become victims of totalitarian cruelty.” This is a re-edited version of the 1942 Italian documentary Pastor Angelicus, the first time in cinema history that a film had been commissioned by a living Pope. Pius XII wanted to show his loyalty to the faithful during the uncertain times of World War II. American distributor Bernard B. Brandt (co-founder and president of the Brandt Theaters chain) removed fifteen minutes from the film and added narration from the Reverend Monsignor Fulton J. Sheen. At the time, Sheen was well-known for his nightly radio program The Catholic Hour on NBC (1930-1950). During the television era, he would become even more famous as the host of Life is Worth Living (1951-1957) and The Fulton Sheen Program (1961-1968). He would eventually win two Emmy Awards for Most Outstanding Television Personality, and even grace the cover of TIME magazine in 1952.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 10,776
  • UPC: 089218822895
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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