About The Film

In Nine Days That Changed The World, Newt and Callista Gingrich, along with a Polish, American, and Italian cast, explore how Poland was transformed by the June 1979 pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II. The nine-day visit lifted the hearts of the Poles and ignited a revolution of conscience that eventually led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, Pope John Paul II’s pilgrimage changed the world.

Now, in Divine Mercy: The Canonization of John Paul II, Newt and Callista Gingrich, along with a cast of scholars, witnesses, and pilgrims, share their experiences of the canonization and reflect on the legacy of Saint John Paul II.

During the canonization Mass on April 27, 2014 -- Divine Mercy Sunday -- Pope Francis declared Pope John Paul II a saint before almost a million people in Saint Peter's Square. He formally recognized what millions had called for during John Paul II's funeral Mass nine years earlier: "Santo Subito" ("Sainthood Now"). Newt and Callista Gingrich, along with the Citizens United production team, were in Rome to witness this momentous occasion.

Divine Mercy: The Canonization of John Paul II celebrates one of most influential leaders of the 20th century. It is a vivid reminder of the holy and heroic life of Saint John Paul II, who changed the course of history.

Cast

Newt Gingrich
Executive Producer and Host
Newt Gingrich is a CNN Contributor, where he continues to advocate bold policy ideas. He is a Senior Advisor at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm with more than 6,500 lawyers in 50 countries and offices in more than 125 cities. He advises the firm’s world-class Public Policy and Regulation practice. He is also a Senior Scientist at Gallup. Newt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. After he was elected Speaker, he disrupted the status quo by moving power out of Washington and back to the American people. Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation, and the first tax cut in sixteen years.
Callista Gingrich
Executive Producer and Host
Callista Gingrich is the President of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia production company based in Washington, DC. Callista and her husband, Newt, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include A City Upon A Hill, America at Risk, Nine Days That Changed The World, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, Rediscovering God in America, Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage, and We Have the Power. Mrs. Gingrich is the author of the New York Times best-selling children’s series featuring Ellis the Elephant. Her children’s books include Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and From Sea to Shining Sea.
Rocco Buttiglione
Philosopher
Current professor of political science at Saint Pius V University in Rome, Rocco Buttiglione served as minister for The European Union policies (‘01-‘05) and then as Minister for Cultural Assets and Activities (‘05-‘06) in Silvio Berlusconi’s governments. As a commencement of his commitments to ideas of liberty, Buttiglione received an honorary doctoral degree in 2005. As a result of his expertise, Buttiglione provides his philosophical contributions to Devine Mercy.
Father Wojciech Giertych, OP
Theologian
Ordained to the priesthood in the Dominican Order in 1981 in Kraków, Father Giertych has held several positions as a member of the General Council of the Dominicans. In 2005, he was appointed theologian of the Papal Household by Pope Benedict XVI.
Joan F. Lewis
Rome Bureau Chief, EWTN Global Television
Joan’s extensive journalism career began at the Vatican. Soon after in 1990 she worked as the English writer and editor for the newly established Holy See Press Office, during which time she was named a member of Holy See delegations to several United Nations conferences. By 2005, Joan was appointed Rome Bureau Chief for the EWTN and honored with the title Dame of the Order of St. Sylvester by Pope Benedict.
Michael Novak
Philosopher
Most well-known for his book The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism (’82), Novak is an American Catholic philosopher, diplomat, and writer of over twenty-five books on the philosophy and theology of culture. Novak was cited by the presidents of three nations (Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic) with the highest awards bestowed on a foreign citizen. Novak considers Pope John Paul II’s public mentioning of their friendship as his greatest honor.
Monsignor John Strynkowski
Diocese of Brooklyn
Rector at Downtown Brooklyn’s Saint Jams Cathedral-Basilica for ten years until his departure in January 2015, Monsignor John Strynkowski successfully reached great audiences of Christians around the world with his live broadcasted mass ceremonies. Prior to taking over the Cathedral, Monsignor Strynkowski served in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., acquired a doctorate in theology and worked in the Vatican for eight years. His time at the Vatican coincided with the anointments and deaths of Popes Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II.
George Weigel
Author, Witness to Hope
Weigel is a political activist, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and an American author of Witness to Hope, a bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II. In addition to 18 honorary doctorate degrees, Weigel also received the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice and the Polish Ministry of Culture’s Gloria Artis Gold Medal award.
Donald Cardinal Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington
Serving since 2006, Archbishop Wuerl is the sixth Archbishop of Washington as of July 2015, previously serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle (‘86-’87) and Bishop of Pittsburgh (‘88- 06). By 2010 he was elevated to cardinalate by Pope Benedict XVI.

Credits

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
Kevin Knoblock

PRODUCED BY
David N. Bossie
Kevin Knoblock

HOSTED BY
Newt Gingrich
Callista Gingrich

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
David N. Bossie
Newt Gingrich
Callista Gingrich

EDITOR
Jorge Schmidt

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Eric Biglietto
Jorge Schmidt

Field Producers
Vince Haley
Davide Sacchetti

POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Jorge Schmidt

RESEARCH
J.T. Mastranadi

MUSIC BY
Michael Josephs

SACRED MUSIC PROVIDED BY
Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

APPEARANCES BY
Father Albert "Skip" Baltz
Rocco Buttiglione
Most Reverend Anthony Fisher, OP
Father Wojciech Giertych, OP
Valentina Grosso
Joan F. Lewis
Sister John Paul Marudga
Bishop MJ Masela
Michael Novak
Bishop Frank Nubuasah, SVD
Charlie Rose
Monsignor John Strynkowksi
George Weigel
Donald Cardinal Wuerl

CAMERA OPERATOR
Andrea Arnone
Kevin Knoblock

ASSISTANT CAMERA
Dario Paolini

SOUND TECHNICIANS
Luca Cafarelli
Favio Claure

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Sarah Brown
Jesse von Stein
Taner Yetim

GAFFER
Doug Wallick
Cristiano Sergioli

GRIP
David Ernesto Samuel

MAKEUP ARTISTS
Tatjana Belajic
Carolyn Marie
HAIR STYLIST
Tatjana Belajic

POST PRODUCTION
Henninger Media Services

AUDIO MIXER
Henninger Media Services

COLORIST
Henninger Media Services

TRANSCRIPTION
Linda Britt

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COORDINATOR
Madison Moore

BEST BOY
Griffin Bossie

BEST GIRLS
Isabella Bossie
Lily Campbell Bossie
Maggie Reagan Bossie

ACCOUNTANT
Lauren Catts

LEGAL COUNSEL
Michael Boos
R. Christian Berg

DEVELOPMENT
Richard Kimble
Meredith Wall

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jeff Marschner

WEBSITE DESIGN
Kirk Risinger

MARKETING
Clint Stinchcomb

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE PROVIDED BY
AP Archive Footage
Corbis
CTV Archives
Getty Images
NBC Universal Archives
Pond 5
Streamline
T3 Media

SPECIAL THANKS
Susan Bossie
Randie Knoblock
Gingrich Productions
Peace River Company, LLC

Rose Garden Palace
Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto

Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, Rector, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Dr. Peter Latona, Director of Music, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

SPECIAL APPRECIATION
The Members and Supporters of Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CITIZENS UNITED AND CITIZENS UNITED FOUNDATION
Brian Berry
David N. Bossie
John Bliss
Kirby Wilbur
Ron Robinson

Citizens United Productions in association with Gingrich Productions and Peace River Company, LLC

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