Last month, PBS launched its second season of the documentary series In their Own Words, with the first episode focused on Pope Francis. It offers some interesting perspectives on the pope and commentary by figures such as NBC journalist Anne Thompson and Where Peter Is contributor Austen Ivereigh (also a papal biographer and collaborator).
Catholic News Service media reviewer John Mulderig writes:
Beginning with his youth in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the program traces Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s life through his decision to enter the Jesuit order, his appointment as archbishop of his native city and his 2013 election to the papacy. Among those commenting on his story are NBC journalist Anne Thompson and papal biographer Austen Ivereigh.
The show also examines how, since becoming pope, Francis has tackled such issues as climate change, the role of women in the Church and the best means of combating clergy sexual abuse. In addition to that last topic, the documentary’s treatment of Argentina’s “dirty war” of the 1970s and 80s and of Catholic teaching on homosexuality make it most suitable for a mature audience.