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FOCUS is a Catholic current affairs program that examines issues affecting the Church and our society. To date, over 300 episodes have been produced tackling topics such as The Stem Cell question, The Catholic Church and AIDS, Islamic-Catholic Relations and much more.
Catholic Focus airs Monday through Thursday and Sundays, at 7:00pm and 11:00pm ET with a repeat the following morning.
Faith in the City -Faith in the City is an initiative of religious leaders, clergy and lay-people from several faith traditions including the Catholic Church. Along with concerned members of Toronto City Council and the Greater Toronto region, Faith in the City encourages religious communities to work in areas of common social concern that inevitably, will improve the lives of their neighbours. Host Andrew Santos sits down in studio with Joe Mihevc of Toronto... view online
Catholic pilgrimage to Ireland -When you think of religious pilgrimage, the Holy Land comes to mind, or perhaps the Vatican. But there’s another pilgrimage destination where ancient ruins emerge from a dramatic landscape – testaments to an over 1500-year-old Christian tradition. This destination is Ireland, whose heritage was celebrated at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Catholic Focus takes a trip to the holy sites of Ireland... view online
Martyrs of Compiègne -No one should go out of their way to look for martyrdom, but Christ did say that following him does mean embracing the Cross. However, little did a group of 18th century French Carmelite nuns realize that their commitment to follow Christ would also be considered a crime. Deacon Pedro visits the Canadian Opera Company and then speaks with Fr. Jay Comerford, O.Carm and Sr. Agnes Roger, Carmel DCJ... view online
Birthing the Renaissance -The Renaissance is considered one of the most dynamic periods in Western art history, but perhaps as interesting is the city and the people that inspired it? In this episode of Catholic Focus join host Cheridan Sanders as she speaks with Sasha Suda the Art Gallery of Ontario's assistant curator of European art about their latest exhibit Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art.... view online
Catholic Charities: Celebrating 100 years - For a century the Archdiocese of Toronto's Catholic Charities, and its army of volunteers, has ministered to generations of people in need. Theirs is a labour of love. In this episode of Catholic episode join host Cheridan Sanders as she speaks with Michael Fullan, their Executive Director and Jack Panozzo, Program Manager of Social Justice and Advocacy to learn... view online
Rediscovering the Bible - It's the most popular book in history, and yet it's possibly the most misunderstood: the Bible. On Catholic Focus, host Kris Dmytrenko speaks with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who are bringing the Word of God to a new generation through "The Bible" television miniseries. We also visit Sr. Marie Paul Curley at Pauline Books & Media, who offers helpful tips for those who want to start reading the Bible... view online
The Making of The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kolodziej - In this episode of Catholic Focus, host Cheridan Sanders speaks with Fr. Ron Schmidt of Hope Media Productions about the making of the documentary The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kolodziej. The documentary tells the story of Marian Kolodziej, an Auschwitz survivor who never spoke of his experience until... view online
Flying with Faith - Why does the Catholic Church have a vested interest in chaplaincy at airports? Simply put, providing pastoral care for people on the move is a special concern for the Catholic Church. It is summarized in the two greatest commandments, that being "love of God" and "love of neighbour". More than that, Airport Ministry is a mission of proclaiming the Good News... view online
Living the Gospel in the Heart of the World - Although present in numerous countries throughout the world, living as a member of a Secular Institute remains one of the least understood forms of consecrated life in the Catholic Church. Members of these institutes have one simple purpose: to live their consecrated lives in the same conditions as other laymen and laywomen. Like leaven, they invisibly transform society from the inside out through the values of the Gospel... view online
Singing to the Heart - Music has the power to touch hearts, and lives, in a way that words and gestures often can not. Host Alicia Ambrosio talks to two people who have experienced this first hand: Fr. Rob Galea, a priest from the Australian Diocese of Sandhurst who reaches out to youth with his music, and Monica Marziota, a Cuban-Italian musician. Both share about the ways music has shaped their lives, and the people they've been able to reach through music... view online
Lift High the Cross: Saskatoon's New Cathedral - Saskatoon's new Holy Family Cathedral rises high into the prairie sky, like a white sail crowned by a cross. The new landmark highlights the vitality of this growing prairie diocese. Filmed on the weekend of the Cathedral's Mass of Blessing, we meet the Bishop of Saskatoon, Most Rev. Donald Bolen, as well as one of the cathedral's artitects and the artist who designed the solar-power generating stained glass windows.
Novalis: Breaking new ground - Novalis celebrated 75 years in 2011. Join host, Cheridan Eygelaar and guests, Joseph Sinasac, Publishing Director of Novalis and Suzanne Spino President of Bayard Canada to find out about the remarkable story behind Canada's largest religious publishing house.
Ask and You shall Receive
In this candid interview David Naglieri speaks to the author, inpirational speaker and life coach, Karen Zizzo. She shares the incredible story of the miracle that saved her son's life. An experience that spurred her to spread the word of hope and to inspire people to overcome the obstacles in their lives and to cultivate faith, hope and loving trust in their lives.
Libera - Host Pedro Guevara Mann sits with three members of the popular British Boys' Group, Libera, during their first Canadian tour. The internationally acclaimed choir is known for its unique, angelic sound and their many TV appearances and performances in the UK and the US, including their participation at the Papal Mass with Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium during his visit to the US.
International Eucharistic Congress 2012
Host: Cheridan Eygelaar - Dublin, Ireland, will host the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, June 10-17th, 2012. This is the second time Ireland will host the universal church, the last time being in 1932. Join host Cheridan Eygelaar as she speaks with Father Kevin Doran, Secretary General of IEC 2012 about the Congress that celebrates the summit and source of our lives: the Eucharist.
Journey of the Cross - Ten years after World Youth Day Toronto, the students of Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary have built another cross. Known as the "Witness to Faith Cross," it is travelling to all the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School board during the 2011-2012 academic year. An affirmation of faith amidst mounting political pressure to end government funding for Catholic schools in Ontario. ... view more
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