Initially refused access to Pope Francis by the Vatican, Evgeny went on to film His Holiness during the pandemic, during a time of political and economic turbulence. The camera captures human and important moments of Francis' papacy, including his addresses to an empty St Peter’s square during the darkest days of the pandemic, his work highlighting the human suffering caused by global warming, as well as his ongoing work to cleanse and heal the Church in light of the sexual abuse scandals.
Evgeny found the experience of meeting and filming the Pope both healing and restorative, particularly after his traumatic experiences filming in Syria and Ukraine. He says he found in the Pope a true exemplar of a compassionate humanist who, as a Jesuit, does not seek the limelight of the camera but instead seeks out the outcasts who are so often hidden from view.
This important film highlights the need for the whole of humanity to critically rethink our relationship with our environment and the planet, as well as to seek deeper cooperation between faiths to serve the common good.
Jesuits in Britain encourage Catholics and Christians to engage deeply with these questions and have recently set-up the Laudato Si Research Centre in Oxford to explore how faith can inform ecological concerns.
For those seeking a deeper engagement with their faith in light of the stark issues facing the modern world, the London Jesuit Centre offers courses and events to resource Catholics in the UK. If you are looking for a spiritual retreat, take a look at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre.
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