The Priest and his Cathedral of Football (BBC)
Padre Alberto Gauci is a passionate and unconventional priest who has spent over 40 years in rural Honduras. Football is a passion in the country and Honduras have qualified for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Driven by his faith and his devotion to St Francis, Padre Gauci has gone to extraordinary lengths to improve the lives of the people he lives amongst in one of the poorest and most violent countries in Latin America. He has come up with an astonishingly ambitious project - a 20,000 seater football stadium - built from nothing in the heart of the jungle.
On his wall is a poster of the Bishop Oscar Romero, the figurehead of the Liberation Theology movement of the 1970s. In this Heart and Soul documentary, The BBC's Central America Correspondent, Will Grant, explores with Padre Gauci how his work has been inspired and is consciously carrying on the tradition of Liberation Theology movement.
As the World Cup in Brazil intensifies football fever, the BBC's Central America Correspondent, Will Grant, tells the story of Padre Gauci‘s stadium, the Estadio Juan Ramon Breve Vargas and hears the tale of one man’s belief, sheer stubbornness and unwavering faith in God, St Francis and in the ability of the people around him to shape their own futures.
Will visits the stadium, as well as the prison that Padre Alberto has inspired in the town, and hears about his other projects such as the nutritional centre and the Aids facility. It is a vivid successful, vibrant example of the church filling the areas where government fails to help. At the centre of this is the dynamic Padre Alberto, driven by his love of God, and his love of football.