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Pope Francis greets Co Down filmmaker Campbell Miller

Pope Francis greets Co Down filmmaker Campbell Miller

Pope Francis greets Co Down filmmaker Campbell Miller

A Northern Ireland filmmaker has presented Pope Francis with a copy of a film documenting the 1879 Apparition at Knock.

The docudrama, Hope, was filmed entirely on location in Ireland and had its first screening in the Filmoteca Vaticana (film library) in the Vatican earlier this week. It was written, produced and directed for the global Catholic network EWTN by Campbell Miller, from Newcastle, Co Down.

Mr Miller said: "It is an incredible honour to have the opportunity to meet the Holy Father and present him with the film. Having visited Knock during his visit to Ireland, he has a particular affection for our national Shrine."

In 2018 the director's last feature, Bravery Under Fire, the Life of Fr Willie Doyle, was also screened in the Vatican, where Mr Miller presented a copy to Pope Francis.

Belfast Telegraph