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The Church Alive

While delivering a homily in Poland in June, 1979 John Paul II first uttered the words “new evangelization.”  In our time, Pope Benedict XVI has brought the concept to life by establishing the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and calling the Year of Faith. Now Pope Francis carries the torch and is attracting unprecedented global attention through his simple and humble living out of the Gospel.

The work of the New Evangelization demands a renewed enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to the Catholic faith, and a creative engagement with the modern world whose “joys and hopes, grief and anguish are those of the followers of Christ as well.” (Gaudium et Spes,1)

How are we, as a community, going to reignite the flame of faith in each other and in a society which has lost interest or strayed away?

The Church Alive is a fast-paced, segmented and interactive show hosted by Salt + Light producers Cheridan Sanders and Sebastian Gomes.  This unique series will be both television and web based.  The goal: to inspire people and get them talking about the faith, to share stories of the New Evangelization, and to highlight the broad and inclusive nature of Catholicism and its rich tradition. “Yes, the Church is Alive… and the Church is young.” - Pope Benedict XVI
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1. What is the New Evangelization? On the series premiere of The Church Alive, hosts Cheridan Sanders and Sebastian Gomes discuss the context, characteristics and importance of a new evangelization for the church today.
2. Catholic Education Episode two of The Church Alive looks at the state of Catholic education in North America today and highlights its uniquely broad and inclusive nature in the search for truth.
3. The Media In episode three of The Church Alive, Cheridan and Sebastian analyze the qualities and limitations of modern media and social communications.
4. The Role of the Laity In episode four of The Church Alive, Cheridan and Sebastian look at the unique role of lay people in the church, specifically in the context of the New Evangelization.
5. Social Justice Relatively unknown and often misinterpreted, the Catholic Social Teachings are an essential component of evangelization and especially the New Evangelization.
6. Politics The church is not associated with any one political party, so what responsibility do Catholics have in the political sphere? Cheridan and Sebastian look at that question and more in episode six of The Church Alive.
7. Ecclesial Movements In episode seven of The Church Alive, Cheridan and Sebastian look at the rapidly growing ecclesial or lay movements in the church and their relationship to the local parish community.
8. Ecumenism A major focus of Vatican II was the work for Christian unity, but it is not yet complete.  In this episode, Cheridan and Sebastian look at the current state of the ecumenical dialogue and discuss the relationship between Christian unity and the New Evangelization.
9. Economics The frailty of the global financial system has captured everyone’s attention.  What does the church have to say about the current crisis and the path to greater economic justice worldwide?
10. Interfaith/Religious Liberty One of the most remarkable advances in modern Catholic thinking was the Vatican II teaching on non-Christian religions and religious liberty.  Cheridan and Sebastian discuss this teaching and its implications for the New Evangelization fifty years later.
11. The Consecrated Life Consecrated women and men have always been at the forefront of evangelization, and the New Evangelization is no different. In episode eleven of The Church Alive, Cheridan and Sebastian look at some of the new challenges facing our religious communities today.
12. The Environment In this episode of The Church Alive, Cheridan and Sebastian look at how the New Evangelization can be a bridge between the church’s theology of creation and the growing secular concern for the environment.
13. The Catholic Eastern Churches Do Roman Catholics know and understand the traditions of the Eastern churches?  “Unity in diversity” is the theme of the final episode of The Church Alive as Cheridan and Sebastian look at the richness of these traditions within the Catholic family.
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We share the joys and hopes of the Gospel through television, radio, print, and online media. Our work unites people together through prayer, celebration, reflection, education, authentic dialogue and enquiry, thought-provoking reporting and stories of faith and action. We also challenge believers to grow in the knowledge of the faith and the Catholic tradition in its many expressions. We strive to offer an invitation to all peoples, especially those on the peripheries of faith and the Church, to draw closer to the Lord and experience the community of the Church.
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