Just before Easter, Hulu plans to release a new Spanish-language documentary featuring Pope Francis answering questions about abortion, gender identity, sexuality and more.
“The Pope: Answers” is set to be released April 5 on the streaming app. It was directed by Jordi Évole and Marius Sanchez, and was shot in Rome, Italy in June 2022.
According to Hulu, the documentary centers on the Catholic leader’s conversation with ten young adults, age 20 to 25, from a variety of backgrounds.
“Do you know what a non-binary person is?” asks one person in the film, per a subtitled trailer.
In addition to abortion, gender identity and sexuality, Pope Francis and the group of Gen Z participants will discuss feminism, the role of women in the church, loss of faith, migration crises, abuse in the Church, racism and mental health. Évole and Sanchez said they wanted to bring the pontiff together with a group that sometimes clashes head-on with the church in one of Rome’s “most eclectic” neighborhoods for an “up front and honest” conversation.
Pope Francis was born in Argentina and served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires before he was elected as Supreme Pontiff in 2013. Over the past decade, he has lead “revolutionary” changes in the Church, according to Thomas Reese writing for the National Catholic Register.
“The cardinals had elected as pope a man who would change the style of being pope, attack clericalism, empower the laity, open the church to conversation and debate and change the pastoral and public priorities of the church,” said Reese. He also changed the Church’s priorities, and said shortly after he was elected that there should be less obsession about abortion, same-sex marriage and birth control.
Directors of the documentary praised both the pope and the young adults for coming together for the film project.
“I learned a lot from you. I thank you for the good you have done to me,” Pope Francis told the group in the documentary.
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