Father Robert Barron’s New Documentary, “Catholicism: The New Evangelization,” Is Released Today

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This series shows how to put Faith into action in today’s world.

Catholics are called to share the Faith with new ardor, new expressions and new methods. We are called to awaken others' faith and bring them closer to Jesus Christ and to his Church.

“CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization,” the second installment of Word On Fire’s new documentary and multimedia formation program, is being released today. Hosted by Father Robert Barron, the documentary focuses on the challenges the Church faces today, such as the emergence of “the new atheism” and relativistic attitudes toward questions of faith and morality.

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 secularized culture, and outlines specific action steps for Catholics who want to share the Faith with others.

Father Robert Barron created and hosted the original “CATHOLICISM” series and formation program, which was released 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.

“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.”

Presented in classic documentary style, Fr. Barron 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.

This new series is being released September 3, 2013. The 90-minute DVD 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.

“CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization” is accompanied by a study program for adult faith formation, which was written by Brandon Vogt, author of "The Church and the New Media" and a well-known Catholic blogger and advocate of the Church's evangelization efforts via the new media.

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. The documentary received a Christopher Award for excellence.

Father Robert Barron is an author, speaker and theologian. He is also 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 serves as the Rector-President of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake.

Father Barron also 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.

To order “CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization,” please go to: http://www.WordOnFire.org

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