Photo by: Daniel Ibanez Gutierrez

Daniel Ibanez Gutierrez

Upcoming discovery+ Documentary FRANCESCO Offers Intimate Look at Pope Francis

By: Nesa Nourmohammadi

FRANCESCO gives unprecedented access to the Pope and the individuals who know him in the new discovery+ documentary, premiering March 28.

January 27, 2021

As the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is one of the most powerful and revered individuals on Earth. But come March 28, discovery+ audiences will get an unprecedented look at the man behind the cloth in the upcoming documentary FRANCESCO.

Produced and directed by Oscar® nominated filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky, FRANCESCO provides an intimate look at Pope Francis and how he approaches challenging and complex issues, including climate change, religious intolerance, LGBTQ rights, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and more.

In addition to featuring Pope Francis, FRANCESCO also includes interviews with the people who know and have interacted with His Holiness. They include:

  • Jose Ignacio Bergoglio, Pope Francis’s nephew
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
  • Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim and advocate for survivors of sexual abuse
  • Sister Norma Pimentel, an advocate for refugees

Pope Francis and FRANCESCO director/producer Evgeny Afineevsky.

Photo by: Evgeny Afineevsky

Evgeny Afineevsky

Pope Francis and FRANCESCO director/producer Evgeny Afineevsky.

Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 13, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis became the leader of the Catholic Church in 2013 following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. He is the first pope born outside Europe since the 8th century, as well as the first Jesuit pope.

In addition to watching FRANCESCO on discovery+, viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #Francesco and following Discovery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. You can also follow the documentary on Facebook and Instagram.

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