Pope John Paul II has commended an initiative to distribute 1.5 million copies of film 'Jesus' to Jubilee pilgrims, saying that "it helps people live the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 as an encounter with Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour."
   20 years after it was shown in cinemas, the film, directed by Peter Sykes and John Krisch and starring Brian Deacon, will be given as gifts to priests celebrating the Jubilee of Presbyters, and to participants in other Jubilee events in Rome, including youth, farmers, university professors, and families.
   It is estimated that one billion people saw the original version of the film, as it was translated into hundreds of languages and dialects. The film is at the heart of a video produced by the Millennium Film International Foundation. The special 'Jubilee edition' has been enriched by a prologue and epilogue prepared in collaboration with several Vatican organisations.
   The video's Italian edition was presented in Vatican Radio's Marconi Room by Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe, secretary general of the Jubilee Committee, Mario Capello, president of Millennium Film and of the International Catholic Institute for Evangelization, and Salvatore Martinez, national coordinator of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
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