Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II
In flashbacks to an early age, he lost his mother and his brother Edmund. Later, he lived through the Nazi occupation of his homeland, Poland during World War II and post war Communism. Through all these hardships, he maintained his love for Jesus of Nazareth and the virgin Mary.
He became an ordained priest, and eventually the archbishop of Krakow, where he began his fight against Communism and its oppression. On October 16, 1978, Karol Wojtyla became the 264th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and now called himself John Paul II.
The "Polish Pope" himself made history with the second longest papacy in history. He made his triumphant papal return to Poland in June, 1979, confronted Oscar Romero's liberation theology just before Romero's assassination in 1980, survived the assassination attempt on himself by Ali Agca in 1981 and used his influence to help bring Communism to its knees. Afterwards, he expressed distress over materialism and unprincipled capitalism in his native Poland and denounced the sexual abuse of children that was brought to his attention in 2002, saying that "every sin can be forgiven, but by God, not by me".
On 2 April 2005, Pope John Paul II died.
With respect to Catholics, the ABC film took the theme differently than was critically expected. Here it was not attempted to recite the Holy Scriptures, but rather to centralize on the devotion of John Paul II to his faith.
Production took place in Lithuania and partly in Rome. Because Benedict XVI had already given Vatican filming rights to CBS for its portrayal of the life of Pope John Paul II, production for the film scenes which play in the Vatican were done on sets.
|Thomas Kretschmann||John Paul II|
|Bruno Ganz||Cardinal Wyszyński|
|Sebastian Knapp||Mehmet Ali Ağca|
|Jasper Harris||the 10 year-old Wojtyla|
|Survila Ignas||the 12 year-old Wojtyla|
|Ignatavicius Paulius||Edmund Wojtyla|
|Petar Goranov||Karol's father|
|Salauskaite Inga||Emilia Wojtyla|
|Michael Klesic||Stanislaw Starowieyski|
|Richard Rees||Wojciech Jaruzelski|
|Charles Kay||Paul VI|
|John Albasiny||Stanisław Dziwisz|
|Roland Oliver||Adam Stefan Sapieha|
|Joaquim de Almeida||Archbishop Óscar Romero|
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