Newt Gingrich to present new John Paul II documentary at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Newt Gingrich

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista Gingrich, will introduce the documentary film “Nine Days that Changed the World” Sept. 20 (Monday) at 7 p.m. in the University of Notre Dame’s Washington Hall auditorium.

The Gingriches are the executive producers of the film, which concerns Pope John Paul II’s nine-day visit to his native Poland in June of 1979. That historic papal trip greatly strengthened the country’s Solidarity workers movement, emboldened conscientious dissidents throughout Eastern Europe, and hastened the collapse and dissolution of the Soviet Union.

A trailer for the film is available online.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture and Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

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