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Proceeds to Benefit Humanitarian Works in Chicago and Cuba

Chicago, IL (March 30, 2009) – The feature film Testimony, a documentary about the life of Pope John Paul II, will have its U.S. charity premiere in Chicago on Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m., at the Copernicus Community and Civic Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. The film's narrator, internationally acclaimed actor Michael York, will be in attendance at the screening.

Testimony, a film based on a book by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, is being presented by the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Order of Malta. All proceeds from the premiere screening support the humanitarian works of the Order of Malta in the Archdiocese of Chicago and in Cuba.

General admission tickets for the screening are $50 each. A limited number of “Premiere Package” tickets at $150 each are also available, which includes a VIP Invitation to a pre-screening cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets for Testimony can be ordered by visiting the Archdiocese of Chicago’s web site,, or by calling 1-800-300-5892. E mail orders may be sent to Tickets will be mailed out immediately after processing and purchases are one hundred percent tax deductible

About the film Testimony

This 90-minute film adaptation of the book by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, “A Life with Karol,” is an intimate portrait of the Pope as a man as witnessed by his long-standing secretary and close friend.

Set against never-before-published documentary materials and photographs from the Vatican’s archives and private collections, Testimony reveals for the very first time facts from John Paul’s pontificate.

The film, shot on location in Vatican City, Kraków, and Wadowice, is narrated by British actor Michael York, ( Cabaret, Jesus of Nazareth).  The music that opens and closes the film is composed by the internationally renowned composer and Academy Award-winner, Vangelis. The remaining original score of Testimony has been composed by Polish musician, Robert Janson.

Testimony tells the tale of an entire century in the history of Poland, Europe, and the world. The movie also portrays John Paul II in the secular context.  Defining the historical, political and sociological backdrop to his pontificate, it illustrates the role of one of the greatest people in the history of Europe and the world.

About the Order of Malta

The Order of Malta is one of the oldest orders in Christianity, dedicated to serving the sick and the poor.

The Order is also recognized as a sovereign entity among Nation States. The diplomatic activities of the Order, which has accredited diplomatic missions in 102 countries of the world, are closely linked to its humanitarian mission. Multilateral organizations such as the UN support the activities of the Order.

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