Pope John Paul II is seen in a promotional image for the Polish-produced documentary, 'John Paul II: I Kept Looking For You.' Pope Benedict XVI, who watched the film April 9 at the Vatican, said 'John Paul II was a great contemplative and a great apostle.'

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Pope John Paul II is seen in a promotional image for the Polish-produced documentary, "John Paul II: I Kept Looking For You." Pope Benedict XVI, who watched the film April 9 at the Vatican, said "John Paul II was a great contemplative and a great apostle."

April 18, 2011

Pope John Paul's life and ministry were built on prayer and on witnessing to the Gospel, Pope Benedict said after watching a Polish-produced documentary about his predecessor.

"Once again I want to underline the two foundations of his life and ministry: prayer and missionary zeal," the pope said April 9 after a Vatican screening of the documentary, John Paul II: I Kept Looking for You.

Pope Benedict watched the film with the director and producers, several cardinals and Vatican officials.

The film was directed by Jaroslaw Szmidt and has been playing in Polish theatres since March 11.

The producers plan on having DVDs of the film in several languages ready for sale by May 1, when Pope Benedict beatifies his predecessor.