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Christian Arts Festival to open with play written by Pope

Carnivale Christi, the Christian arts festival now in its third year, will open at Sydney's Seymour Centre tomorrow evening with a once-only performance of The Jeweller's Shop, written by Karol Wojtyla.

As Karol Wojtyla, the Pope was an actor in underground Poland during World War II, and wrote the play which engages with sexuality, marriage and human love. Tomorrow's performance of The Jeweller's Shop is directed by acclaimed writer, actor & director Donald Macdonald.

Macdonald will also feature in the one man play The Gospel According to St. John, to be performed on Saturday evening at The Seymour Centre.

The Festival is being officially opened by Cardinal Francis Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity based in Rome. In coming weeks and months, Carnivale Christi is also taking place in Melbourne, Brisbane and Wagga Wagga.

A further highlight of Carnivale Christi is the showing of Witness to Hope, the full length feature film on the life of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope is the screen version of George Weigel's biography of Pope John Paul II of the same name.

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Carnivale Christi (Sydney, Brisbane, Wagga Wagga)
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31 May 2003