The CatholicTV Network, in Partnership with Boston University, to Provide International Canonization Coverage


Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 or

(BOSTON) – The CatholicTV Network, in partnership with Boston University’s College of Communication (COM), will provide international coverage of the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II.

John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints on April 27, 2014, the day on which the Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy. Blessed John Paul II served as pope from 1978 to 2005 and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011. Blessed John XXIII was pope from 1958 to 1963; Blessed John Paul II beatified him in 2000.

COM Boston University Broadcast Journalism seniors, Kirsten Johnson and Matt Younis, will be in Rome from April 24-27 reporting on the events for Boston University News Service (BUNews Service) and The CatholicTV Network.

COM faculty advisor R.D. Sahl will travel abroad with the BUNews Service and The CatholicTV Network as well.  Sahl joined BU after more than 40 years in broadcast journalism. He has covered stories at the Vatican for nearly 30 years including the elevation of two Boston Archbishops to the College of Cardinals, the Vatican response to the abuse crisis, John Paul II’s funeral, and the 2013 Conclave that elected Pope Francis.

The first partnership of its kind, this opportunity will give students a unique international reporting experience, and provide BUNews Service and CatholicTV with locally-focused content. Viewers will be able to keep up to date with the events in Rome through stories, interviews, and blog posts.

The CatholicTV Network will air international coverage on CatholicTV and BUNews Service coverage can be viewed at The CatholicTV Network president, Father Reed also holds a MS in Television Management from Boston University.

The CatholicTV Network
Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI’s call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America’s Catholic Television Network.

Boston University College of Communication
Established in 1947, the Boston University College of Communication prepares students for careers in Film Television, Journalism, Mass Communication, Advertising, Public Relations and Media Analytics, and offers advanced studies in Communication Research, including the field of Emerging Media. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the college is among the largest of its kind in the country and offersa broad and deep curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and complemented by professional education.  The faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals. This year COM celebrates its 100 year legacy, commemorating the first classes in advertising and journalism taught at Boston University in 1914.


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