TOLEDO—“Catholicism,” a multi-part documentary series, begins airing at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 on WGTE. One episode is being aired each subsequent Tuesday at 3 p.m. until Jan. 3.
The series is airing in more than 90 public television markets across the country that are broadcasting four of the 10 episodes. “Catholicism” illustrates the history and treasures of a global religion shared by more than 1 billion people around the world. The series, hosted by Father Robert Barron, spans more than 50 locations in 15 countries.
Father Robert Barron, who runs the Chicago-based Word on Fire ministry, is pictured in a 2009 photo. Father Barron is the host of the TV series "Catholicism" that will air on PBS this December. (CNS photo/Word on Fire)
“ ‘Catholicism’ is fascinating television. This series will be of great interest to viewers who want a better understanding of the impact and meaning this faith continues to have throughout the world,” says Dan Soles, WTTW’s senior vice president and chief television content officer. “I am pleased and honored that this production has a home with WTTW and that public television stations around the country are broadcasting this important work.”
Fr. Barron, the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is the creator and host of the series. The executive producer is acclaimed filmmaker Mike Leonard, a veteran correspondent for NBC’s “Today Show” and producer of the popular public television series, “Ride of Our Lives.” Together, Fr. Barron and Mr. Leonard spent two years traveling the world with a crew of seasoned network television producers.
“The filming of the ‘Catholicism’ series was one of the most exciting and rewarding periods of my life,” says Fr. Barron. “Our team traveled the globe to capture some of the beauty, truth and texture of Catholicism. I am thrilled that people across the country will have the opportunity to share in the series, and I hope to engage the imaginations of both Catholics and non-Catholics.”
Mr. Leonard said filming the series was life-altering.
“This series changed the way I think and act. The global settings were stunning, but it was Fr. Barron’s brilliant insights on life’s most challenging issues that shook me to the core,“ he said. “Whatever your belief or background, there is much to gain from this deep and profound excursion into spirituality, logic and the human experience.”
In this sweeping documentary, Fr. Barron tells the story of Catholicism around the world using art, architecture, literature, music and all the riches of the Catholic tradition. The production crew travels to some of the most magnificent and sacred sites in Jerusalem, Rome, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, Istanbul, Ephesus, Lourdes, Mexico City, Athens, Corinth, Mexico City, Uganda, Manila, Sao Paolo, Auschwitz, Kolkata, Philadelphia, Chicago and beyond.
The team was granted exclusive access to film privately in many locations inaccessible to the general public. Highlights include some of the world's architectural and artistic masterpieces and most sacred places: The Dome of The Rock, the Hagia Sophia, the tomb of Mother Teresa, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, rare views of the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the pope’s private gardens, Chartres, Notre Dame and Cologne Cathedrals, as well as one of the largest religious celebrations on the planet, the feast of the Ugandan martyrs.
Public television stations across the country are airing four 60-minute episodes of the series: Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man; The Ineffable Mystery of God: That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought; Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God; and The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure.
The other six episodes are being aired on EWTN. The documentary in its entirety is also available at www.CatholicismSeries.com.