A film documenting the 1879 Apparition at Knock will have its first screening in the Vatican tomorrow.
Hope, which was written, produced and directed for the global Catholic network EWTN by Campbell Miller, will be screened in the Filmoteca Vaticana in the Vatican’s the Palazzo San Carlo in the Piazza Santa Marta on Monday 27th January.
Hope recreates and describes the 21st August 1879 apparition of the Virgin Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, angels and the Lamb of God to a group of townspeople in Knock, Co. Mayo. Today, it is the site of Ireland’s National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.
“It is a great honour to have this event in the Vatican,” said Mr Miller. “The day prior to the premiere, Knock Shrine features significantly in Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter’s and we will have the opportunity to present His Holiness with a copy of the film. It is a blessing that Knock Shrine will be such a focus of attention in Rome.”
Aidan Gallagher, EWTN Ireland CEO, said: “We will be joined by a number of ambassadors, people from Knock, as well senior members in the Curia. Knock Shrine has global appeal and we look forward to this the first stage of presenting the film to a worldwide audience.”
Picture: A scene from the film, Hope.