Apr 24, 2014

CatholicTV Network to provide canonization coverage



Staff report 

WATERTOWN, Mass. – The CatholicTV Network will provide coverage of the upcoming canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, with programming dedicated to the historic proceedings and live coverage of the Canonization Mass in Rome. (Visit www.catholictv.com/canonization-week for more information.)

John XXIII and John Paul II will be raised to sainthood on April 27, the day on which the Catholic Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy. Blessed John Paul II served as pope from 1978 to 2005 and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011. Blessed John XXIII was pope from 1958 to 1963; Blessed John Paul II beatified him in 2000.

Highlights for the week will include:

  • “Vatican II: Inside the Council”
    This new series comes to CatholicTV from New Evangelization Television (NET). It focuses on the history of Vatican II and seeks to educate, enlighten, and entertain viewers. Airs: Saturday at 11 p.m.
  • “John Paul II: The Man, The Pope, and His Message”
    This series offers an in-depth view of the life of Pope John Paul II. Alberto Michelini, renowned Italian journalist, produced this series with special footage from the Vatican. Airs: Thursday at 8 p.m.
  • “Women of the Church”
    CatholicTV airs documentaries and films that feature the role of women in the church. During the month of April, each woman featured was beatified by Pope John Paul II. Airs: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, April 26, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., CatholicTV will air a series of documentaries on Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

On Sunday April 27, Pope Francis will celebrate the first Mass of Canonization of his pontificate in St. Peter’s Square. The Mass airs live at 3:30 a.m. and rebroadcasts at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET.

The CatholicTV Network will air coverage on CatholicTV and CatholicTV.com. CatholicTV, in partnership with Boston University’s College of Communication (COM), will provide international coverage of the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II as well. Updates will be broadcast throughout the week of April 21-27.