The Francis Impact, Salt and Light Television’s new feature-length documentary, tells the stories of individuals and communities who have been impacted by Pope Francis. They are stories of empowerment, unexpected collaboration, and deep transformation in the areas of ecology, immigration, dialogue, and pastoral reform. Far from the corridors of the Vatican, the real Francis impact is lived and felt among ordinary people who have been inspired by the pope’s call for more compassion, inclusion, sustainability, and dialogue in a world torn apart.

Message from the Director, Sebastian Gomes

In my earlier film, The Francis Effect (Salt and Light Television, 2014), I took an in-depth look at the first year of Francis’ pontificate and the themes rapidly emerging from it. Here was a man who came seemingly from out of the blue, trailblazing and challenging all of us to keep pace. As pope, he has recalibrated the Church’s mission, calling us to be more proactive and less reactive, outward looking rather than inward looking, bold and prone to mistakes rather than isolated and safe.

Now, five years later, The Francis Impact takes a different focus on the same man. It features a variety of remarkable stories, including ordinary Catholics working on the margins, women religious and bishops, and those outside the Church who see in Francis a partner in dialogue, a unique moral voice, and a beacon of hope for all of humanity. This is not a film about Francis changing the Church. It’s a film about the Church changing the world.

Message from the Executive Producer

In 2014, we were privileged to present to you The Francis Effect – a major documentary that has been an important window and interpretative key into a remarkable papacy. Since then, we have accompanied Pope Francis around the world and witnessed up close the powerful gestures that have become the substance of his Petrine Ministry.

In Pope Francis, we have a courageous and prophetic leader who is concerned about the environment, about world peace, mercy, compassion, and love. We have a Gospel-inspired shepherd who has a deep passion, care, and concern for the poor and for millions of displaced peoples roaming the face of this earth. We have a leader who has had a deep and lasting impact on humanity at this moment in history. This new Salt and Light documentary is our way of sharing Pope Francis’ impact on the world.

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