EWTN Presents the World Television Premiere of Father Robert Barron's ‘Catholicism: The New Evangelization' Wednesday, December 18

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Father Barron will be interviewed live in the studio prior to the broadcast.

“CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization,” hosted by Father Robert Barron will make its worldwide television premiere on EWTN Wednesday, December 18 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern, 8:30 p.m. Central. Prior to the documentary, Father Barron will be on a special edition of “EWTN Live” at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

This is the second installment of Word On Fire’s new documentary and multimedia formation program written and hosted by Fr. Barron. The initial documentary,“CATHOLICISM," illustrated what the Church believes and why. “CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization” demonstrates how to put Faith into action in today's increasingly secular world. It examines the factors that have created this culture, and outlines specific action steps Catholics can take to share the Faith with others.

“While the content of the Apostolic Faith remains the same, all Catholics are called to share it with new ardor, new expressions and new methods,” said Father Barron. “We need to reach out to those in our culture and invite them to know Christ and also reach out to those who have already been baptized, but have drifted. We are called to awaken their faith and bring them closer to Jesus Christ and to his Church.”

Father Robert Barron created and hosted the original “CATHOLICISM” series in the fall of 2011. Now he has built on that foundation to provide a program that focuses on actively sharing the beauty, goodness and truth of Catholicism with our contemporary Western culture.

Presented in classic documentary style, he is joined by young, active Catholics as well as notable Catholic leaders and thinkers. Many leading commentators on faith and culture are interviewed, such as Brad Gregory, author of "The Unintended Reformation," Ross Douthat, author of "Bad Religion," and George Weigel, papal biographer and author of the recently released "Evangelical Catholicism."

Fr. Barron showcases numerous examples of individuals and groups proclaiming the Gospel with creativity and innovation. Whether it's in the United States, England or Australia, the film shows the Church alive with a renewed spirit, talking about the Lord with new expressions, and reaching out globally with new media.

The 90-minute program starts with the definition and history of the New Evangelization, and then takes us on a world tour to witness examples of new ardor, new expressions and new methods. The original “CATHOLICISM” series aired across the country on PBS and EWTN, and has been seen and broadcast in parishes, schools and media outlets throughout the world.

Father Robert Barron is the founder of the global media ministry, Word On Fire, which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith. He currently also serves as the Rector-President of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake.

Father Barron works with NBC News in New York as an on-air contributor and analyst. He has published numerous books, essays and DVD programs, and his articles on theology and the spiritual life appear frequently online and in numerous journals. In addition, he has posted more than 300 cultural commentaries on YouTube, which have been collectively viewed more than eight million times.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 32nd year, is available in over 230 million television households and is the largest religious media network in the world.

To more information on “CATHOLICISM” or to order your own copy, go to http://www.WordonFire.org.

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