Archdiocese of Washington Releases Video Series in Anticipation of Papal Visit

Friday, September 11, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Archdiocese of Washington has produced a light-hearted educational video series in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis later this month. The short videos feature archdiocesan priests and highlight the excitement surrounding the papal visit. The videos touch briefly upon several elements of the Church’s teachings with the hope that they encourage the viewer to further explore the Catholic faith.

The first video, “Interrogation Style,” has debuted and features archdiocesan priest, Father Mario Majano, the parochial vicar at Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Takoma Park, Md. Fr. Majano jokingly “interrogates” young Catholics about the “rock star” attention Pope Francis is receiving leading up to his visit. The video conveys that Pope Francis’ message is that of the Gospel, and he is living out the mission of the Catholic Church.

The next video, released today, is entitled, “Priest on the Street,” which features Father Michael Paris, chaplain for the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland, walking through the streets of Washington with a cardboard cutout of the Pope, and stopping people to hear their thoughts on the Holy Father’s visit.

Other videos feature a sitcom-style dinner party featuring Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, and a stop-motion animated LEGO version of the Holy Father in his popemobile, narrated by newly-ordained archdiocesan priest, Father Matthew Fish. In releasing these videos, the archdiocese seeks to inspire viewers to pray more, seek information about saintly models of faith, celebrate the sacraments and sign-up for the #WalkwithFrancis initiative to pray, serve and act.

The videos are being featured on the archdiocesan YouTube channel, WashArchdiocese, and shared across its social media networks. For more information on the papal visit, go to


The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 95 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Lindsey Frechou
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