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Hip Hop Artist to Appear on Live Talk Show of the CatholicTV® Network

1/10/2013 - 11:33 AM PST

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WATERTOWN, MA (January 10, 2013) -Hip Hop Artist to Appear on Live Talk Show of the CatholicTV® Network

On Friday, January 11, 2013, Hip Hop artist Father Pontifex will appear on the CatholicTV Network's nationally broadcasted live talk show; This is the Day.

Fr. Pontifex is a Roman Catholic priest who embraces the use of many different types of media to reach people with the message of Jesus Christ. Fr. Pontifex's real name is Fr. Claude Burns, a priest of the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana. The word Pontifex means "bridge builder", a name that Fr. Burns took as an icon for all priests and their role of building bridges between people and also to Christ.

Fr. Pontifex began rapping at age 17 in 1989 in a rap group called The Agape Crew. He later on felt he was called to be a priest in the Catholic Church, and didn't rap for a while but kept up with hip hop music and the rest of the scene. In 2002 Pontifex was introduced to Dustin Sieber, a producer from Phatmass, a Catholic hip hop record label.

Ordained is the 1st full length Hip Hop album by Fr. Pontifex. It was released on August 27th, 2011. It is a very personal look at head and heart of Fr. Pontifex. The Monstrance on the front cover is the icon that shows that the Eucharistic presence of Jesus is paramount in the life of Fr. Pontifex. The lyrics are truly unique because they come from a priest's perspective, which is certainly rare in the realm of Christian Hip Hop.

Fr. Pontifex attended Mundelein Seminary in Chicago and was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2002. He currently serves as Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Evansville.

You can learn more about Fr. Pontifex and listen to his music here:

This upcoming episode, along with all CatholicTV content can be found on for free, 24 hours a day.

About the CatholicTV® Network:

Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.

Live twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.) Father Robert Reed and Jay Fadden host this half-hour talk show with Kevin Nelson, reporting on Catholic news. The hosts discuss various topics of the week in lively discussions for today's Catholic, and respond to viewer mail (you may also email us at The hosts also conduct interviews with people from around the world and around the corner.

This is the Day may be seen across the US on Sky Angel, ROKU, and selected carriers. This is the Day may also be seen on demand in the US via Verizon FiOS. CatholicTV has channels in New England on Charter, Comcast, Full Channel, RCN and other carriers. You can watch the CatholicTV Network 24 hours a day at or downloaded via and on your mobile device.

Contact: CatholicTV

Shannon Muldoon, Public Relations Coordinator


The CatholicTV® Network  MA, 02471 US
Shannon Muldoon - Public Relations Coordinator, 


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