April 26, 2011 - CatholicTV to Air Beatification Mass of Pope John Paul II and Vigil Mass From Vatican(2)*

April 26, 2011--WATERTOWN, MA- On Sunday, May 1st, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, the CatholicTV® Network will air the beatification Mass for Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the Mass.

On Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m., CatholicTV will air a special vigil from the Circus Maximus in Rome. Join pilgrims from around the world and see a video message from Pope Benedict XVI during this broadcast on the eve of the beatification.

On Monday, May 2 at noon & 8 p.m., CatholicTV will broadcast a special Mass of Thanksgiving for Blessed John Paul from Saint Peter’s Square. This Mass will presided over by the Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.

Fr. Robert Reed, President of the CatholicTV Network said of Pope John Paul II, “It all began with the banners and shouts from the crowd at his funeral, a call that he be declared a saint and quickly.  After an initial investigation, a miracle was credited to his intercession. The Church stands ready to receive Pope John Paul II as a blessed model for the heroic living of the Christian Faith.  For me, as a student in Rome during the days when the Polish-born Pope was vibrant and in his prime, he was and always will be a powerful example for me both as a Christian man and certainly as a priest in contemporary society.”

The CatholicTV Network can be seen around New England on:

  • Comcast, Channel 268
  • Verizon FiOS, Channel 298
  • RCN Channel 85
  • SkyAngel Channel 142
  • Charter, Channel 101
  • or LIVE and on demand at www.CatholicTV.com 

Below is the schedule for May 1st including related programming (all times Eastern):

  • Interview with Pope John Paul II's biographer George Weigel (9 a.m.)
  • Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit to the U.S. (11 a.m. and 6 p.m.)
  • Be Not Afraid- special program on the passing of Pope John Paul II (11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
  • Beatification of Pope John Paul II (noon and 8 p.m.)
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy (3 p.m. every day)
  • Songs about Divine Mercy by Angelina (3:20 p.m.)
  • The Message of Divine Mercy (3:30 p.m.)

Archived Papal Programming can be accessed any time at http://www.CatholicTV.com/Pope-Benedict-xvi (including Papal Visit to Spain, England and more).

About The CatholicTV Network:  Founded in 1955, the 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, CatholicTV Network offers a wide range of programs aimed at children and adults, from uplifting advice shows to international news, game shows to travel, CatholicTV has something for everyone. Based in Watertown, MA outside of Boston, CatholicTV is available in 5.7 million homes nationwide. For access to CatholicTV programs, go to CatholicTV.com or download the CatholicTV mobile app for iPhone or iPad.

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