Newt and Callista Gingrich will host a screening of Nine Days that Changedthe World, a William Waldo Cameron Forum on Public Affairs on Tuesday, April 12. Sponsored by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, RED-C Catholic Radio, and the Texas A&M Catholic Students Association, this event will take place at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Joining the Gingrich's in the program are James and Meredith Olson, former Central Intelligence Agency officers.
Nine Days that Changed the World is a powerful documentary film that explores Pope John Paul II's historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979, which created a revolution of conscience that transformed Poland and fundamentally reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th Century. Newt and Callista Gingrich, along with a Polish, American, and Italian cast, explore what transpired during these nine days that moved the Polish people to renew their hearts, reclaim their courage, and free themselves from the shackles of Communism. Millions of Poles, almost one third of the nation, turned out to see the Holy Father in person, while the rest of the country followed his pilgrimage on television and radio. Within sixteen months, the trade union, Solidarity, became the first officially recognized free trade union in the Communist bloc, with over 10 million members. The momentum of this nine-day visit would eventually lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Nine Days that Changed the World is a story of human liberation, revealing the extraordinary power of Pope John Paul II's worldwide message of freedom through faith.
Since April 2010, Nine Days that Changed the World has been screened throughout the United States and Europe, including the Catholic University of America, Notre Dame University, the Pontifical North American College, the United Nations, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the International Catholic Legislators Network. In June 2010, Nine Days that Changed the World premiered in Krakow, Warsaw, and Rome on the 31st anniversary of the Holy Father's historic pilgrimage. A Polish edition of the film was also produced and released by Rafael Publishing House.
The film features exclusive interviews with George Weigel, Michael Novak, John O'Sullivan, Jerzy Kluger, Father Adam Boniecki, Father Leon Knabit, Monsignor Jaroslaw Cielecki, Father Jan Andrzej Kloczowski, Father Thomas D. Williams, Father Wojciech Giertych, President Lech Walesa, President Vaclav Havel, Polish Free Trade Union Leaders Krzysztof Wyszkowski and Anna Walentynowicz, Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey, and Secretary Jim Nicholson.