‘The Francis Effect’

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Sebastian Gomes shakes hands with Pope Francis during the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family at the Vatican in October 2014. L’Osservatore Romano

March 13, 2015

St. John’s grad who wrote and directed film about pope says Francis’ far-ranging influence rests on his walk-the-talk, back-to-basics approach to Gospel

Sebastian Gomes, a native of Perth, Ontario, and a 2011 graduate of the St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, returned to his alma mater for a March 11 screening and discussion of “The Francis Effect,” a documentary detailing the first year of Pope Francis’ pontificate. Gomes, a producer and correspondent for Salt and Light Media, wrote and produced the film. Visitor reporter Kristi Anderson interviewed him by email just before his arrival in Minnesota. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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