Friday, July 31, 2009
Servants of God Fulton Sheen, Cardinal Nguyễn Văn Thuận, and Patrick Peyton on CatholicTV in August
Servant of God Fulton Sheen and Cardinal Nguyễn Văn Thuận will be featured on CatholicTV during the week of August 3rd to August 9th. CatholicTV will air an interview of Cardinal Nguyễn by another Servant of God, Father Patrick Peyton, CSC. CatholicTV will also air a documentary on the life of Cardinal Nguyễn, who as Coadjutor Archbishop was imprisoned for 13 years in Vietnam. In addition, CatholicTV will air an interview of Bishop Fulton Sheen by Father Patrick Peyton.
Fulton Sheen was known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization was officially opened in 2002. For twenty years, he hosted the night-time radio programme “The Catholic Hour” (1930-1950) before moving to television and presenting “Life Is Worth Living” (1951-1957) Sheen's final presenting role was on the syndicated “The Fulton Sheen Program” (1961-1968) with a format very similar to that of the earlier “Life is Worth Living show”. For this work, Sheen won an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality.
Cardinal Nguyễn Văn Thuận was the nephew of South Vietnam’s first president and later became Coadjutor Archbishop. In 1975, the communists took over South Vietnam and Cardinal Nguyen was imprisoned for 13 years. Despite 9 years in solitary confinement, Cardinal Nguyễn was able to celebrate Mass secretly by using drops of wine and tiny hosts smuggled inside of a flashlight. While in prison, a guard asked Cardinal Nguyễn if he would seek revenge against the guard after his release. Cardinal Nguyễn told the guard “no” and that he loved him despite the way he was treated. Cardinal Nguyễn was named on lists of possible successors to Pope John Paul II before Cardinal Nguyễn’s death from cancer in 2002.
CatholicTV presents these programs in honor of the Year for Priests. These interviews and documentaries are parts of 2 regular blocks of programming at CatholicTV. The documentary on the life of Cardinal Văn Thuận will air during the programming block “CatholicTV Presents”. This block airs each week at the following times (Eastern): Monday-2PM; Tuesday-10PM; Wednesday-4PM; Thursday 6:30AM; Friday-9PM; Saturday 10:30AM; Sunday-2AM.
The interviews of both Cardinal Van Thuan, and Bishop Fulton Sheen will air back-to-back during the CatholicTV programming block called “Catholic Saints and Lay People”. This hour-long programming block airs each week during the following times: Tuesday-11:30AM; Wednesday-5AM; Friday-8AM; Sunday-10:30PM. These shows will air during the week of August 3rd-9th.