Perhaps the people who make "The Pope Videos" have been reading the Bear's reviews. It looks like they finally came out with one that is not only unobjectionable, but actually quite good.
Gone is the stereotyped three part format (nice -- problem -- solution); the stock footage and over-reliance on montage; the bland synthesized score; left-wing politics; and, best of all, dubious theology. Pope Video 6 comes as a pleasant surprise.
We get an actual continuous narrative that rather sweetly illustrates the intention, which is for solidarity and encounter in big cities.
Two street musicians -- one with a guitar and one with a saxophone -- notice a down-on-his-luck and lonely old man across the street. They move next to him and collect tips in a hat. At the end, they give the hat with the tip money to the old man. The video captures the "encounter" between the musicians and the old man. The money (not much) is less important than for the old fellow to be noticed.
This Pope Video is the best so far because it is not politically charged or ambitious. No saving the planet, or guaranteeing donkey-farmers a good income. The tips voluntarily come from many people through the good example of just two. There is not the slightest whiff of some ambitious redistribution of wealth. Just Christian charity.
Typically, there is nothing uniquely Catholic about it (except for the Pope shown reading from his script) but remember, Pope Francis "transcends his own religion." His pectoral cross is not visible, but the Bear does not know if this is intentional or simply due to his position behind the desk. The Bear is not inclined to complain, but mentions it because it is an issue for some.
Pope Video 6 gets five out of five fresh fish from the Bear.
Reporting from Damascus, the Bear.