Divine Mercy: The Canonization of John Paul II
In “Nine Days That Changed The World,” Speaker Newt Gingrich and Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich, along with a Polish, American, and Italian cast, explore how Poland was transformed by the June 1979 pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II. The nine-day visit lifted the hearts of the Poles and ignited a revolution of conscience that eventually led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, Pope John Paul II’s pilgrimage changed the world.
Now, in Divine Mercy: “The Canonization of John Paul II,” Speaker Newt Gingrich and Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich, along with a cast of scholars, witnesses, and pilgrims, share their experiences of the canonization and reflect on the legacy of Saint John Paul II.
During the canonization Mass on April 27, 2014 — Divine Mercy Sunday — Pope Francis declared Pope John Paul II a saint before almost a million people in Saint Peter’s Square. He formally recognized what millions had called for during John Paul II’s funeral Mass nine years earlier: Santo Subito (Sainthood Now). Newt and Callista Gingrich, along with the Citizens United production team, were in Rome to witness this momentous occasion.
“Divine Mercy: The Canonization of John Paul II” celebrates one of most influential leaders of the 20th century. It is a vivid reminder of the holy and heroic life of Saint John Paul II, who changed the course of history.
A Telly Award Winning Documentary