“The Letter”, the feature film inspired by Laudato Si and starring Pope Francis.
“The Letter” was presented in the New Synodal Hall of the Vatican on October 4 and has already been seen by more than eight million viewers. It is now premiering, dubbed into Spanish, in Madrid.
The feature film, presented by YouTube Originals and made by Oscar-winning producers, brings the message of Laudato Si’ to new audiences.
It tells the story of the journey to Rome of diverse leaders, engaged on the front lines of caring for our common home, to discuss the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ with Pope Francis. The exclusive dialogue with the Pope, included in the film, offers a revealing glimpse into Pope Francis’ personal history and never-before-seen stories since he became the Bishop of Rome.
The protagonists of the film are an indigenous leader from the Amazon, a climate refugee and student from Senegal, a youth activist from India and a team of scientists from the United States (husband and wife), representing the voices that often go unheard in the global conversation about our planet. Through their transformative encounter with the Pope and each other, they find new hope for our common home.
Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M., Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980, appears in the film and offers a unique perspective on understanding the ancient Franciscan roots of the Laudato Si’ message.
The Spanish premiere on November 16, 2022 coincides with the closing of the COP27 in Cairo and makes a clear call for action to curb the consequences of the climate crisis.
About the film
The Letter was made in collaboration with the Dicastery for Communication and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.