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BY Daniel J. EnglerTV Critic
MONDAYS, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, 2:30pm
Portraits in Faith
EWTN In this new series, Barbara McGuigan and her guests describe how people discover faith in God, find happiness and conquer obstacles. On Nov. 5, Loyola Marymount philosophy professor Christopher Kaczor and his wife, Jennifer, discuss love and marriage (re-airs at 1:30am Nov. 10). On Nov. 12, Father Kilian McCaffrey of Phoenix tells how a Dubliner, Venerable Matt Talbot (1856-1925), overcame alcoholism and spent his last four decades in ascetic closeness to Christ (re-airs at 1:30am Nov. 17).
TUESDAY, Nov. 6, all day
MAJOR NETWORKS As they tune in for news updates and analysis today, Catholic viewers will be praying for pro-life and pro-religious-liberty victories for our nation.
WEDNESDAYS, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, 10pm
PBS In What Are Animals Thinking? on Nov. 7, host David Pogue tries to find similarities between human intelligence and animals’ behavior, and a scientist studies rhesus macaque monkeys’ "community." In What Will the Future Be Like? on Nov. 14, engineers and computer scientists explain their latest projects.
THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 5pm, live
The World Over
EWTN Host Raymond Arroyo and his guests dissect election results from Catholic and pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious-liberty perspectives.
THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 9pm
NBC Sports Network This post-World Series special episode profiles the American and National League champion teams (not determined as of our deadline) who contested with each other for the world title in baseball’s recent Fall Classic.
EWTN At 9am, The Donut Man supplies little ones with songs and gentle lessons about life. At 9:30am, My Little Angels tells about the angels and saints and other Catholic topics. At 10am, in Lucy and Friends, Sister Grace and her puppet friend Lucy talk about grace, the Eucharist and more. At 10:30am, Cat Chat helps kids learn about Jesus, Mary and everything Catholic. At 11am, Knights of St. Michael features young-adult actors in skits about living the faith.
MONDAY-TUESDAY, Nov. 12-13, live
USCCB Fall General Assembly
EWTN This year’s Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops takes place in Baltimore. Monday’s morning session begins at 10am. On Tuesday, the morning session starts at 9am, and the afternoon meeting is at 2pm. Topics will include the defense of marriage, rebuilding in Haiti, World Youth Day 2013 and the ordinariate for Anglicans wishing to enter the Church. Votes will be held on documents on the sacrament of penance, preaching, the economy and a bishop’s teaching office.
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 9pm
ANIMAL PLANET This one-hour special pictures Hawaii’s spectacular landscapes and seascapes and the many coastal and marine creatures that flourish in them.
Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.