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Witness: George Devassy

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Born and raised in India, George Devassy has a real passion for the youth and for his faith as a Catholic. And it is this passion that led him to become the international co-ordinator of the Jesus Youth lay movement at the age of 26.

The Jesus Youth movement has a charismatic spirituality and adopts a lifestyle of personal prayer, the Word of God, sacraments, fellowship, service and evangelization. It was established during the World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. In countries like India, where Catholics represent less than 4% of the population, there are movements like Jesus Youth that are taking the Catholic faith to other parts of the world.

In this exclusive interview by Fr. Thomas Rosica with a young, evangelist of our times, meet George Devassy and allow yourself to be inspired and evangelized.

Witness: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

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The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges to the Family has generated enormous interest around the world.  But there is another important event taking place that many are overlooking: the beatification of Pope Paul VI, who concluded the Second Vatican Council and inaugurated the Synod of Bishops. One of the President Delegates of the 2014 Synod is Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, and a long time student of Vatican II and Pope Paul VI.

Join Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, as he discusses the invaluable contributions of Paul VI to the development of collegiality in the modern Catholic Church with one of the most dynamic and beloved pastors in the Church today.

Witness: Cardinal George Pell

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Cardinal George Pell is one of the most well-known leaders of the Roman Catholic Church.  Appointed Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 and Archbishop of Sydney in 2001, he has been a consistent and unwavering voice in favour of traditional Catholic doctrine particularly in the Western world.  In 2008, his diocese hosted the World Youth Day and Apostolic Journey of Pope Benedict XVI which is widely regarded as one of the most efficient and well-organized WYD’s in the three decades of their existence.

A long time critic of the financial and administrative mishaps at the Vatican, Cardinal Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to his “Council of Cardinals” one month after his election as Pope.  During an extensive assessment of the various bureaucratic structures of the Vatican, the Pope decided on February 14, 2014 to create a new Secretariat for the Economy in order to oversee all financial dealings at the Vatican. Cardinal Pell was hand-picked as the Secretary.

In this exclusive interview Fr. Thomas Rosica poses the practical questions that many watchers of the Vatican have long-wondered: just what exactly does the Cardinal’s work entail?  How is it being done? What are the goals desired by the Cardinal and the Holy Father?  The work of the new Secretary, it turns out, may be an essential key to understanding the pontificate of the beloved Pope Francis and why he was elected in the first place.

Premiere: Sunday, October 12 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Witness: Dale Ahlquist

 

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. He is often referred to as the “prince of paradox”. Art? Politics? History? Literature? Philosophy? Faith? You name it. Whatever it is, G.K. had something wonderful and witty to say about it!

In this WITNESS interview, meet Dale Ahlquist who will help you unpack the wisdom of Chesterton to explain why modern man has lost his ability to think clearly. Dale is one of the most respected G.K. Chesterton scholars in the world, and is President of the American Chesterton Society. Dale received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and M.A. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife Laura have six children and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA). Dale has edited eight books of Chesterton’s writings.

Agent of the Gospel of Joy

Christian Riesbeck was born in Montreal on February 7, 1970. He grew up in Ottawa, specialized in Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and pursued studies for the priesthood in the Companions of the Cross. Ordained to the priesthood in 1996, he did pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Kingston as well as in the Archdiocese of Ottawa and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (USA). After obtaining his degrees in Canon Law in December 2010, Fr. Christian was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Ottawa in January 2011. In early 2014 he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa by Pope Francis. In this WITNESS interview, you will meet one of the youngest bishops in North America, a great ambassador of the Gospel of Joy, and an articulate, convincing agent of the new evangelization in the Canadian Church.

Centre of renewal

Brother Emile first heard of Taizé in 1974 in his small hometown in Northern Ontario where there was not much to interest young people in Christianity. Accepting an invitation to visit the little community tucked in Burgandy, France, he rediscovered the Christian faith that had been part of his childhood, but that he had abandoned as a young teenager. He entered the community in 1976 and stayed! Watch this hour-long WITNESS interview for wonderful insights into this renowned ecumenical community where the practices of monastic life – prayer, work, and hospitality, as well as the commitments the brothers make: celibacy, pooling of goods, and the ministry of Christian unity- form the foundation of one of the greatest centres of renewal and hope in the Church and in the world.

Reminders of universality

Apostolic Nuncios are personal representatives of the Holy Father in each country, and are living reminders of the universality of the Church. A nuncio works closely with the local churches (dioceses) and the Conference of Bishops to foster communication between the Church in that country with the Holy Father and the many Vatican departments. The nuncio serves as the official representative of the Holy See to the government of the country to which he is assigned.

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi was born in Gazzaniga, Italy, on June 19, 1948, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1973 for the Diocese of Bergamo. He served in the diplomatic missions of the Holy See in Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago, Malta, Mozambique, Spain, the U.S.A., and Italy, as well in Canada.

On June 19, 1999, Archbishop Bonazzi was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, followed by service as Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba from 2004-2009. He then served as Apostolic Nuncio to Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Canada in December 2013 and formally began his mission in Canada in mid-March 2014.

Join Fr. Thomas Rosica in this wide-ranging interview with Canada’s new Apostolic Nuncio, clearly a pastor, shepherd, and diplomat who embodies the joy of the Gospel in his service to the universal Church.

 

Contemporary witness

Fr. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, award-winning author, and Editor-at-Large of AMERICA, the national Catholic magazine published by the Society of Jesus in the United States. After working for six years in corporate finance with General Electric in New York City and Stamford, CT, he entered the Jesuits in 1988. A frequent commentator on religion and spirituality in the national and international media, he has appeared on major radio and television networks around the world. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica in this wide-ranging WITNESS interview with one of the world’s most eloquent, credible, and contemporary witnesses and spokespersons for the Catholic Church, who has been acclaimed as one of the best spiritual writers of our time.

Walking alongside the incarcerated

“The purpose of our work is to walk the ways with those incarcerated, to accompany them on their spiritual prison journey, to bring the Word of God, the Good News, the love of God to them.” These are the words of Charlette Novak, Chaplain of the Stony Mountain Institution in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “The incarcerated need to know that God loves them in spite of what they have done.” Join Fr. Thomas Rosica in this Witness interview with a remarkable woman of faith, deep Catholic Christian commitment, and compassion as she describes her vocation and mission as a prison chaplain ministering to all faiths: Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Jews.

Compassionate care

 

Dr. Philip Berger, an observant Jew, is Medical Director of the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and the former Chief of its Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Berger has published and lectured widely on critical health issues including drug addiction, the physical and psychological effects of torture, and HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Dr. Berger co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, a group of physicians and residents who have participated in protests and other activities to oppose cuts to refugee health care in Canada. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica for this WITNESS interview with an expert in the medical field and a model of professionalism, compassionate care, and prophetic action with those on the peripheries of society.