Skip to comments.EWTN Launches New Television Network in Germany on Astra
Posted on 10/28/2011 12:56:36 PM PDT by NYer
Irondale, Oct 27, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- EWTN Global Catholic Network will launch a new television network in Germany beginning Sunday, Nov. 6. EWTN Katholisches TV will air Catholic religious programming 24-hours-a-day on Astra 1H, one of the world's largest providers of direct-to-home satellite services, reaching 135 million homes or 55% of all TV homes in Europe.
"We have been broadcasting part-time in Germany since July 2000, but the launch of our new network, EWTN Katholisches TV, on Astra IH will place us in the same satellite neighborhood as many of Germany's most popular television channels," said EWTN President & CEO Michael P. Warsaw. "This means we can bring the Gospel to millions more souls. Viewers can also tune into the new network via our new German website, www.ewtn.de ."
During the launch, EWTN will debut 12 new series in German. They will include the popular children's program "The Friar," or "Pater Johann" in German; a series on the Second Vatican Council with Auxiliary Bishop Klaus Dick, who was an eyewitness to the Council and is a friend of the Holy Father; Sunday Mass from the famous Cathedral of Cologne; "Mother Angelica Live Classics" and "The Journey Home" episodes, which have been translated into German; and much more. There's also a complete devotional package that includes the four mysteries of the rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Way of the Cross, and five public litanies.
The German launch has been in the works for some time, according to Martin Rothweiler, Managing Director of EWTN's German corporation. In fact, Rothweiler said that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVII, wrote a letter of support dated Dec. 21, 1999, just prior to EWTN's July 2000 entry into Germany:
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Congratulations to Mother Angelica and the network she founded - EWTN!
Yes. Congratulations to Mother Angelica and EWTN!
Thank you, Mother for telling Mahoney and his gang where to go—to their knees and prayer and stop the bullying that is so typical of liberals.