- Jun 3, 2020
Pope Francis has named a layman to head the Vatican’s troubled communications office, the first layman to head a dicastery of the Roman Curia.
When it comes to filmmaking inside the square or on Vatican property, only the Secretariat for Communication decides who gets the green light. They prefer documentaries.
When Wim Wenders first met Pope Francis before shooting the documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of his Word,” the pontiff warmly greeted the German filmmaker before warning Wenders that he is no movie buff.
If you’re sitting on a letter from a pope, even an emeritus one, you’ve really only got two choices about what to do with it. Either you publish the entire thing, or you keep it to yourself.
In January 2014, a Roman street artist put up an image of Pope Francis as a superhero on a street near the Vatican. City authorities scrubbed it off within 48 hours, but now it’s back in the form of a line of T-shirts, with proceeds going to papal charities and explicit Vatican support. Some Catholics may see that as exciting, others as a worrying risk of pursuing profit and celebrity under the guise of good intentions.