On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation sent shockwaves through the Catholic Church and raised serious questions about its future direction. One month later, after only five ballots, the Cardinals elected the serene and unassuming Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. He would be called Francis.
From the moment Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, he won the hearts of the people. His humility, simplicity and closeness to the poor reveal a man deeply in touch with the Gospel. His profile has soared. He has initiated a fundamental reform of the Roman Curia, challenged a “globalization of indifference,” and become the most talked about person in the world.
“The Francis Effect” takes a critical and in-depth look at how an ancient institution is rapidly changing under the leadership and vision of Pope Francis, and exclusive interviews with prominent Catholics and non-Catholics reveal that Francis is having a profound effect on the world as well.
• Cardinal Donald Wuerl - Archbishop of Washington
• Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap - Archbishop of Boston
• Cardinal Thomas Collins - Archbishop of Toronto
• Charles Chaput, OFM Cap - Archbishop of Philadelphia
• Anderson Cooper - Host AC360
• Scott Pelley - Host CBS News
• Diane Sawyer - Host ABC News
• Alison Smith - Host of CBC’s The World at Six
• Fr. Matt Malone, SJ - Editor-in-Chief, America Magazine
• Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ - Director, Holy See Press Office
• David Gibson - Religion News Service
• Msgr John Kozar - President, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
• Charles Clark - Professor of Economics, St. John’s University, NY
• Fr. John O’Malley, SJ - Professor of Church History, Georgetown University, DC
• Fr. Jim Martin, SJ - Editor-at-Large, America Magazine
• Frank Rocca - Rome Bureau Chief for Catholic News Service
• Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB - English Language Assistant, Holy See Press Office