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The Preacher to the Popes: Raniero Cantalamessa

Dive into the insider story of the little-known position in the Vatican of Preacher to the Papal household and the life, mission, and ministry of the longest-serving preacher to the papal household: Raniero Cantalamessa.

  • Ashley Zahorian
  • Ashley Zahorian
  • Brigette Rock
  • Raniero Cantalamessa
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    "Main Subject "
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Inspirational, Christian, Documentary, Historical
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 19 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 18, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy, United Kingdom, United States
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Director Biography - Ashley Zahorian

Ashley Zahorian is an award-winning producer and director passionate about creating media that explores the expanses of the human experience and human dignity. Her recent long-term broadcast project, FantomWorks, the top-rated show on Discovery’s Velocity Channel with over 8 million viewers. It is now the most watched car show in the world. She worked on over half the episodes as a producer or director.

Ashley is also the President and CEO of CMAX.TV – an on-demand streaming network for Christ-friendly entertainment, inspiration, and formation. CMAX gives content producers a place to have their content viewed and earn a just wage for their work, organizations to earn tithes through their support, and, most importantly, to spread the good news to the world through media.

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Director Statement

This documentary was a labor of love to create as time and budget allowed. We began interviews years ago and completed the project during COVID shutdowns. While there was so much despair and doubt in the world, listening to Cardinal Cantalamessa and the others interviewed in the film over and over was a constant source of encouragement. I hope others can feel joy and inspiration through this film.