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BY Daniel J. EnglerRegister TV Critic
SUNDAY, May 20, live
50th Anniversary of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery
EWTN At 6pm, there will be Vespers & Benediction Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. Re-airings at 3:30am Thursday and 2pm Friday.
MONDAY, May 21, 9pm
For Greater Glory: The True Story of the Cristeros
EWTN The new film epic For Greater Glory opens in America June 1. This special focuses on making the movie and explains Mexico’s Cristero War of 1926-1929. Crying out, “Viva Cristo Rey” (Long Live Christ the King), many Catholics took up arms to resist persecution. Re-airings at 1pm Tuesday, May 22; 5:30pm Friday, May 25; 1:30am Sunday, May 27; 6:30am Wednesday, May 30; and 11am June 2.
THURSDAY, May 24, 8pm
National Geographic Bee
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL In this two-hour telecast of the final round of the National Geographic Bee, students who have won local, state and national rounds compete to be crowned national champion and win a $25,000 college scholarship.
SATURDAY, May 26, 1:30pm
Angel and the Badman
TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Televised today for the birthday of screen legend John Wayne (1907-1979), who died a Catholic, this 1947 western portrays the Christian love and example of a Quaker girl (Gail Russell) and her parents as they save a good-hearted outlaw (Wayne) from a life of crime. TV-G.
SUNDAY, May 27, 8pm, live
National Memorial Day Concert
PBS From the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this annual patriotic concert salutes America’s war dead and features the National Symphony Orchestra. Re-airing at 9:30pm.
SUNDAY, May 27, 8pm
TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Catholic convert Gary Cooper stars in this 1941 film based on the true story of U.S. Army Sgt. Alvin York, a former pacifist who received the Medal of Honor for saving his men in France in 1918. TV-G.
MONDAY, May 28, various
Memorial Day Programming
EWTN Today’s shows profile Catholic chaplains (3am), interview Vietnam ex-prisoner of war Capt. Guy Gruters (5am), televise a Memorial Day Mass (noon), portray Iraq chaplain Father Ron Camarda (5:30pm), and salute chaplain Father Aloysius Schmitt, who gave his life to save sailors on the stricken USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor (3am Tuesday).
Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.