In the fall of 1979, John Paul II was one year into a transformative papacy filledwith hope and dynamism. Northern Ireland was a decade into the Troubles, abloody conflict that shrouded all of Ireland in gloom. The dramatic encounterbetween this charismatic Polish Pope and the “land of Saints and Scholars,” iscaptured poignantly in John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace.
“On my knees, I beg you, to turn away from the paths of violence...”
During those three eventful days, John Paul attracted a third of the country to welcome him in person, and spoke directly to those engaged in violence,imploring them to seek a peaceful resolution. Narrated by JIm Caviezel,A Plea for Peace draws from a notable array of interviews including prominentpolitical, religious and cultural figures such as Seamus Mallon, MartinMansergh, John Bruton, Harold Good, Lord David Alton, Ronan Mullen, DanaScallon, Shane O’Doherty, Tim Pat Coogan, Carl Anderson and many more.
This riveting film is at once a historical documentary of the Northern IrelandPeace Process, a retrospective of one of Ireland’s greatest living memories,and a spiritual reflection on the biblical mustard seed, seen through the prismof individuals who, inspired by John Paul’s words, bore fruit, and ultimatelybrought peace to Northern Ireland.
The DVD is in English. Run time 69 minutes.