Hope, a Film documenting the 1879 Apparition at Knock, will have its first screening in the Filmoteca Vaticana, in the Vatican on Monday January 27th.
The film was written, produced and directed for the global Catholic network EWTN by Mr. Campbell Miller, a native of County Down, Ireland.
In 2018 the director’s last feature Bravery Under Fire, the Life of Fr Willie Doyle, was also screened in the Vatican, where Mr Miller personally presented a copy of his film to His Holiness Pope Francis.
Hope Director Campbell Miller said “it is a great honour to have this event in the Vatican. The day prior to the premiere, Knock Shrine features significantly in mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter’s and we will have the opportunity to present His Holiness with a copy of the film “Hope”. It is a blessing that Knock Shrine will be such a focus of attention in Rome across a number of days.”
EWTN Ireland CEO Aidan Gallagher said, “We will be joined by a number of Ambassadors, people from Knock, as well senior members in the Curia. Knock Shrine has global appeal and we look forward to this the first stage of presenting the film to a worldwide audience via further cinema screenings and broadcast through EWTN’s network.”
Knock Shrine is participating in the inaugural Mass to celebrate ‘Word of God’ Sunday. The Mass will take place in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome on Sunday 26 January 2020 at 9am (Irish time) and 10am(Rome time).
The Mass will be broadcast live on EWTN on SKY 588, Virgin Media 815 and www.ewtn.ie. It will also be live-streamed on the EWTN Ireland Facebook page.
The Jan. 27 Vatican premiere will be at the Filmoteca Vaticana, in the Vatican’s the Palazzo San Carlo in the Piazza Santa Marta at 3pm.