Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Pope Benedict's General Audience available every Wednesday from CatholicTV

Chris Pharm, the PR coordinator of CatholicTV, just informed me of the following:


CatholicTV now offers a same-day broadcast of Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly general audience from the Vatican on Wednesdays edited for English speakers. The show is 30 minutes long. CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television station headquartered near Boston.

The Papal Audience typically starts with a loud applause and random shouts of “Papa!” and other terms of endearment. The address is usually given from St. Peter’s Square or Paul VI Audience Hall in Rome.

The Pope begins each address with the sign of the cross. Afterwards, there is a reading from the Bible which the Pope then comments on. He typically speaks in practical terms when commenting on the reading. Many Catholics consider the Papal Audience a great opportunity to become more familiar with the Pope’s spirituality.

After the commentary, the Pope greets English speakers, prays the Our Father prayer, and then prays a blessing over the audience.

The English version of the Papal Audience is viewable each week at 10:30PM. The full, multilingual version is televised each week on Thursday 8:00 -9:00AM & 10 -11PM, Saturday 4:30-5:30AM, and Sunday 11:30AM-12:30PM.

The Papal Audience is viewable on CatholicTV where available and is also streamed live (simultaneously) at CatholicTV is a non-profit corporation.

About CatholicTV:

CatholicTV provides family-friendly, religious, news, and educational programming 24 hours daily. Founded over 50 years ago, CatholicTV is available in selected areas on cable in the United States and Canada, via Sky Angel IPTV and online via a live stream anytime, everywhere at the station's web site Father Robert Reed, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, is the Director of CatholicTV.

Because of formatting problems I won't be embedding CatholicTV's Papal Programming, but every Wednesday the Pope's General Audience is available there.


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