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The CatholicTV Network to air coverage of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land

5/20/2014 - 12:58 PM PST

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WATERTOWN, MA (May 20, 2014) - Beginning on Saturday, May 24, 2014, the CatholicTV Network will air coverage of the apostolic journey of Pope Francis to the Holy Land. The coverage will air from May 24 to May 26, 2014. The Pope makes this historic journey with Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Islamic studies professor Omar Abboud, his friends from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On Saturday, May 24th, the Pope will celebrate Mass at the Amman International Stadium. During this liturgical celebration, 1,400 children will receive their First Holy Communion. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend. This Mass is the third to be held at the Amman Stadium; the first was celebrated by now Saint Pope John Paul II in 2000 and the second by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. The Mass airs at 3:30PM ET on CatholicTV and
Also on Saturday, Pope Francis will pray with Syrian refugees in Jordan and young people with disabilities in the Latin Church in Bethany just beyond the Jordan. This meeting will air live at noon.

On Sunday, Pope Francis travels to Jesus' birthplace in the Palestinian territories where he will visit the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Yad Vashem Memorial. At 3:45PM the Pope will celebrate Mass from Manger Square in Bethlehem which will air live and rebroadcasts at 8PM. Also on Sunday, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew will meet in the presence of representatives from all thirteen of Jerusalem's traditional churches to honor the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras ending the Great Schism. This historical meeting will take place in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher airing live at noon.
On Monday May 26, the Pope has a meeting scheduled to address the priests, religious and seminarians in the Church of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives. This airs at 8PM and will be followed by Mass with the Ordinaries of the Holy Land in the room of the Cenacle. which airs live at 10:15AM.
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Thanks to CatholicTV's privileged relationship with Vatican TV, and Radio Vaticana, the CatholicTV Network brings viewers all the major liturgical celebrations taking place at the Vatican and coverage of the journeys of Pope Francis throughout the year. The English-language version of the weekly general audience with the Pope airs every Thursday at 8AM and Sunday at 11:30AM.
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About the CatholicTV Network:
Entering into its 60th year CatholicTV is the first Catholic television station in the world. 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.


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