Hallmark Sets John Paul II Film

Hallmark Channel will air the U.S. TV debut of A Man Who Became Pope Monday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. (EST), the network said Tuesday.

A Man Who Became Pope is the story of the late Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II.

Hallmark said in a prepared statement, “His journey is the reason that the young boy from a small town in Poland became the tireless voice for goodness in a secular age; the architect for kindness and outreach in the modern world; the missionary clarifying ambiguous moral principals; the passionate advocate for the poor; the seeker of reconciliation with Jews and peoples of other faiths; the criticizer of Communism, capitalism and the excesses of materialism; the charismatic pilgrim in the ‘Popemobile’; the keeper and guardian of Christian principles throughout the world -- the people’s Pope to the end of his life.”

The network will air an encore presentation of A Man Who Became Pope Sunday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m.