April 23, 2014 - The CatholicTV Network to Provide Canonization Coverage*

WATERTOWN, MA (April 23, 2014) The CatholicTV Network to 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, 2014, the day on which the 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 11PM

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 8PM

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: Wednesday at 8:30PM

Saturday April 26, 2014

From 7:30PM to 11:30PM, CatholicTV will air a series of documentaries on Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

Sunday April 27, 2014

Pope Francis will celebrate the first Mass of Canonization of his pontificate in Saint Peter’s Square. The Mass airs LIVE at 3:30AM and rebroadcasts at 11AM and 8PM 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.

About the CatholicTV Network:   Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at CatholicTV.com. Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.

Shannon Muldoon
Public Relations Coordinator