Friday, March 14, 2008

Witness to Hope: The Life of John Paul II (2002) - Catholic Movie Review

If you are looking for a documentary version of the life of the late great John Paul II, the one to see is Witness to Hope - The Life of John Paul II (2002). This documentary features information from and interviews with George Weigel, who wrote Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, the definitive biography of the pope written during his lifetime, which is well worth reading.

If you're interested in learning about JPII's thought, you'll have to read Weigel's book, some of the pope's actual writings, or one of the popularizations that have been produced concerning his theology of the body, which is perhaps the best known manifestation of his Christian personalist approach to solving the modern problems that made the twentieth century so bloody, and that appear to be continuing to accelerate in the twenty first.

2 comments:

Marc Magisana said...

I wish there was an abridged version/cliff notes to Weigel's biography.

Recently burned a copy of the poems of John Paul II recited in Italian with ethereal synthesizers

Vincent DiCarlo said...

I have started Weigel's biography twice, and, though I think it is a wonderful book, may not ever read it all. I suggest reading straight through until after Woltyja becomes Pope and Poland becomes free. Then I think you can skip or skim through all the (MANY) accounts of the trips, all of which seem to be described individually in some detail.