Pope Francis to address sexual abuse and LGBTQIA+ issues in new documentary film FRANCESCO

In a global event, Discovery will exclusively launch the headline-making feature documentary film, Francesco.

Australian audiences can stream or watch the film Sunday 28 March at 11:20pm on Discovery Channel. From Oscar® nominated director and producer, Evgeny Afineevksy.

The film is directed by Academy®-Award Nominated Filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky, Francesco is an introduction to Pope Francis’ worldview and addresses sexual abuse, LGBTQIA+ issues, race and gender inequality and more

Francesco features unprecedented access to His Holiness Pope Francis, providing an intimate look at a global leader who approaches challenging and complex issues with tremendous humility, wisdom and generosity towards all.


Spanning issues such as climate change, migration and refugees, women’s empowerment, sexual abuse and LGBTQIA+ issues, pandemic, border walls, and many more of today’s headlines, this documentary takes audiences on a worldwide journey to spotlight the incredible empathy displayed by a leader who continues to inspire hope during an extraordinary moment in our lifetime.

In doing so, the film examines how people might take action to transition into a new way of living and thriving in the 21st century.

In addition to unprecedented access to Pope Francis, the film features interviews with those who have been part of his journey, including his nephew Jose Ignacio Bergoglio, His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, as well as Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim and activist for survivors of sexual abuse, and Sister Norma Pimentel, an advocate for refugees.

Francesco paints a portrait of a man who has dedicated his life to bringing together people to thrive as a global community. 

Francesco – Stream or watch Sunday 28 March at 11:20pm AEDT on Discovery Channel

Available on Foxtel & Fetch

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