After more than 2800 screenings before audiences around the world, the film which become the hallmark of the Holy Year of Mercy is finally AVAILABLE ON DVD! This groundbreaking documentary tells the previously-unknown history of the original masterpiece commissioned by St. Faustina through a series of interviews with key witnesses and individuals intimately connected to the epic adventure of the greatest manmade work of art. Additional interviews with Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, George Weigel (biographer of Saint Pope John Paul II), comedian Jim Gaffigan, Grammy award-winning musician Harry Connick Jr., Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz of Krakow, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC, and many others. The film has been endorsed by a wide swath of the curia and by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.
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Proceeds from DVD sales and Public Screening Licenses of this film go to foster the development of pilgrimage facilities for the Divine Mercy Shrine in Vilnius, Lithuania – the permanent home of the Original Image of Divine Mercy.
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A team of documentarists travel through Europe and the United States uncovering the answers to many unanswered questions about the little-known Original Image of Divine Mercy. At the request of Jesus himself, Saint Faustina and her confessor, Fr. Michał Sopoćko (sah-`poach-ko), worked in secret with a relatively unknown artist to duplicate on a canvas her mystical vision of the Merciful Jesus. With Fr. Sopoćko modeling for the artist to capture some of the more difficult to understand details being given by Sr. Faustina, the three unlikely friends eventually came up with the only Image of Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina ever saw. But after the painting was complete, and after all the corrections and touch-ups made at the insistence of Saint Faustina, the violently ant-Catholic Soviet occupation of Vilnius, Lithuania, forced the painting into hiding for many years. The painting switch hands 7 times, but not without great cost to those involved, until finally, two humble nuns bravely transported the miraculous painting across the dangerous border between Lithuania and Belarus. The painting was finally restored and installed in its permanent home in a beautiful shrine in Vilnius in accordance with the wills of Saint Faustina Kowalska and Blessed Fr. Michal Sopoćko.
Despite the popularity of the devotion to Divine Mercy around the world, very few realize the importance of The Original Image of Divine Mercy. The film answers the following questions:
How did so many other renderings of Saint Faustina’s vision become more well-known around the world while the Original Image remained in obscurity for so long?
Is this Original Image unique for reasons beyond the fact that it is the only image of Divine Mercy seen by Saint Faustina?
What qualities contained in the Original Image are integral to the devotion and are unique to the this painting of Divine Mercy?
What features make the Original Image impossible to accurately imitate or copy?
Did John Paul II know about the Original Image when he canonized Saint Faustina?
Does the Original Image have a necessary in the devotion?