Canadian Catholic TV network interviews CNS Rome bureau chief

Canada’s Salt + Light Television network this month broadcast an interview with the CNS Rome bureau chief, John Thavis, which we highly recommend. Click here to view it online.

thavis_web.jpgThavis, you may recall, earlier this year won the Catholic Press Association’s St. Francis de Sales Award for his contributions to Catholic journalism. He has been a firsthand and close-up witness to the workings of the Vatican since before the election of Pope John Paul II. One of the best parts of the interview is toward the end when Thavis recalls the electric evening in St. Peter’s Square when Pope John Paul was introduced to the world as well as the pontiff’s 2005 death and funeral and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. In the Salt + Light interview, Thavis also provides keen insights into Benedict’s papacy, insights that he shares regularly with Catholic News Service readers.

Salt + Light Television is itself an interesting story. Canada’s first Catholic television network, Salt + Light broadcasts 24/7 via Canadian cable and satellite TV outlets, and much of its work is also available on the Internet. Its interview with Thavis was part of of an ongoing, in-depth interview series called “Witness” with distinguished leaders both inside and outside the church. Another recent Salt + Light interview was with Philadelphia’s own Cardinal-designate John P. Foley, best-known to many perhaps as the off-camera voice every year of the pope’s Christmas Midnight Mass telecasts. Click here to view that interview, which is also well worth your time.

Rating George Bush; support for Hillary?

National political issues are prominent in the current editions of two national Catholic publications this week. First, Our Sunday Visitor features a column by commentator Russell Shaw that asks how Catholics should rate the presidency of George W. Bush. And the National Catholic Register publishes an article by the president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List on whether Hillary Clinton can count on women to back her bid to be the first woman president.

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