The story of one of the largest, most unprecedented conversions in the history of the Catholic Church is told in Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message, airing on national networks on Our Lady’s feast Day Dec. 12.
Produced by the Knights of Columbus and narrated by famed actor Jim Caviezel, this original production recounts the apparition of Our Lady to Saint Juan Diego in 1531. As a result of this encounter, and the image miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak), 9 million Native Americans embraced the Catholic faith and the Americas began its transformation into the “Catholic hemisphere.”
The most important event in the evangelization of the New World occurred in December 1531. Over the course of four days, the Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. As a result of this encounter, and the image miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak), nine million Native Americans embraced the Catholic faith, and the Americas began its transformation into “the Catholic hemisphere.” Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message of love had replaced the institutionalized violence of the Aztec culture and built a bridge between two worlds.
Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message, narrated by famed actor Jim Caviezel, traces the history of this transformative event from the 16th century to the present. Featuring interviews with leading theologians, historians and experts on the scientific inquiries into the miraculous image—this gripping film explores both the inexplicable mysteries behind the image, and the continued relevance of the Guadalupe apparition to the modern world.
EWTN will be airing the documentary on Dec. 11 at 10:30 p.m. EST and Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m. EST and CatholicTV will air it Dec. 12 at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.
To purchase the DVD, please visit www.guadalupethefilm.com. Follow the hashtag at #guadalupethefilm.
About the film’s writer and producer: David Naglieri is a documentary film writer and producer whose body of work includes Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message, narrated by Jim Caviezel;Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti, narrated by Bruce Greenwood; John Paul II in America: Uniting a Continent, narrated by Andy Garcia; Francis: The Pope from the New World; For Greater Glory: The True Story of the Cristeros; Road of Hope: The Spiritual Journey of Cardinal Van Thuan; A Hand of Peace: Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust and Opus Dei: Decoding God’s Work. A 2002 recipient of a PEW fellowship to study the influence of religion on contemporary global affairs, David holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Marist College. He formerly worked for Salt + Light Television in Toronto.
Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus.