Popes & Dreams: Happy Easter from TheArchive

Spring has sprung just like those adorable little Easter bunnies. And what better way to embrace the Easter spirit than by watching some fun and heartwarming films? From colorful stories to adventures in the great outdoors, these films capture the essence of the season and offer a perfect way to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. So sit back, relax, and indulge in the magic of Easter through these delightful movies.

This Easter, celebrate the majesty of nature and mystery of faith with the true story of a ski-loving Pope.

Behold the true story of Pope John Paul II when, in July of ‘84, his Holiness met a young man by the name of Lino Zani on the Italian slopes. Indulging in his beloved Winter hobby (held privately dear to the Pope), divine chance--perhaps a miracle-- brought these two together, under an umbrella for their shared love of skiing. 

The unsuspecting ski lodge expert, Lino Zani, witnesses much upon the mountain and, over the years, remain friends with His Majesty, the Pope. Brothers of the mountain, united in adventure, the two would fulfill a magnificent journey of friendship, perseverance, and faith. 

…Not to mention, adventure.

The Secret Life of John Paul II, from 2014, is an Italian film based on the true story and book of the same title, by Lino Zani, himself.

"I still remember the moment I first saw his open, jovial face, that one-of-a-kind smile, the lively and luminous eyes that seemed that they might be laughing even more.  

I should have understood already from that smile who he would truly become, what he would represent for me, for us, for everyone, for history."

The two remained close friends— a seemingly unlikely kinship of which Zani writes about in his book (of the same name). Struck by what he witnessed on the mountain, Zani’s chance experience was not only life altering—but otherworldly.

He was in awe.

The film brings to life the majesty of nature with its beautiful scenery and uplifting glow. Is it God? Italy? Spring sun? Either way, it’s a lovely family film to enjoy around Easter. It’s enlightening, uplifting & historically interesting.

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On the theme of the Pope, we share a couple Italian spiritual and faith based animated films for the family.

After Jesus's crucifixion, the Apostles find themselves alone; however, they maintain faith. Peter begins preaching the Gospel, inciting fear in those who oppose the holy power of the scripture.

Recounted in this animated iteration of the story of Jesus Christ, we see Jesus's preachings and miracles that convince even the most skeptical of detractors of the Lord's omnipresence.

Families are celebrating Passover all over the world as well, and we share this four part animated series Old Testament I-IV:

Happy Easter and Passover from TheArchive!



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