Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Call Me Francis

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Call Me Francis

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CALL ME FRANCIS

Directed by Daniele Luchetti (Netflix, 2017)

Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has become a famous figure, constantly making headlines and engaging the Catholic and secular world alike. It can be easy to forget that before he became pope, he lived an entire life as Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

Call Me Francis, a four-part Netflix series in Spanish with English subtitles, dramatizes this life. Viewers see Bergoglio (played in his younger years by Rodrigo de la Serna) transform from a young Argentine Jesuit to the leader of the Catholic Church. The series begins with Bergoglio on the eve of the conclave, reflecting back on his life and how he ended up at this moment in Rome.

The bulk of the show focuses on Bergoglio's life in Buenos Aires during the 70s and '80s under the rule of Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla. We see Bergoglio navigate the complex political landscape, sheltering seminarians at risk but also rescinding protection for priests under government suspicion. …

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