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BY Daniel J. EnglerTV Critic
SUNDAY, June 16, 4:30am, live
Holy Mass for the Day Celebrating
EWTN Pope Francis will say Mass in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the gospel of life. He will, says the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, witness to "the sacred value of all lives" and affirm those who protect vulnerable persons, including unborn babies. Re-airs at noon.
SUNDAY, June 16, 9pm
DISCOVERY This seven-part series concludes with two episodes: At 9pm, "Making of ‘North America’: Surviving the Land of Extremes" charts the crew’s three years of filming; and, at 10pm, "North America: Top 10" highlights the continent’s greatest natural wonders. Advisory: Scenes of animal predation and privation.
WEDNESDAY, June 19, 8pm
EWTN Special Event
EWTN Historian and Pope Pius XII expert Ronald Rychlak joins Father Mitch Pacwa on EWTN Live to look at the saintly pope of astounding courage who did much to save lives during World War II. Followed by the U.S. premiere of Pius XII, Under the Roman Sky.
FRIDAY, June 21, 7pm, live
Opening Mass of the Fortnight for Religious Freedom
EWTN Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore will say Mass to begin a period of diocesan and parish prayer and action, June 21-July 4, during which our bishops intend to address many current challenges to religious liberty. Re-airs at midnight.
SATURDAY, June 22, 2pm
How Green Was My Valley
TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Catholic director John Ford helmed this 1941 classic, a majestic story of a mining family in Wales and the faith and quiet heroism with which they face life’s triumphs and tragedies. Maureen O’Hara and Donald Crisp star.
SUNDAY, June 23, 4pm
Feasts and Seasons: Summertime
EWTN English Catholic Joanna Bogle blends food, fun and the faith as she suggests ways to celebrate summertime and the feast of St. John the Baptist. Re-airs at 9:30am and 1:30pm Monday.
WEDNESDAY, June 26, 9pm
Nova: Earth From Space
PBS This two-hour documentary uses Earth-observer satellite data, photos, videos and computer models to create spectacular visual sequences that reveal the intricate web of forces that sustain life on our planet. A re-airing.
FRIDAY, June 28, 9pm
Annie: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage
PBS This documentary follows the crew and cast of the latest version of the Broadway musical during the six months they spend preparing the well-known production number.
SATURDAY, June 29, 3am
Solemn Mass for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
EWTN Pope Francis celebrates Mass, along with the Imposition of the Pallium on new archbishops. Re-airs at noon.
Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.