EWTN Global Catholic network has begun construction of its first West Coast television news and broadcast facility—within the iconic Tower of Hope on the Christ Cathedral campus.
EWTN hopes to begin broadcasting news, televised Masses, and inspiring stories of faith to its global audience by the end of the year.
“As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our community’s energy and faithful witness with the world,” says Bishop Kevin Vann.
“EWTN’s partnership will profoundly benefit our Church, enabling us to share the love of Christ with millions across the world in multiple languages from the Cathedral campus, here in Orange County.”
After acquiring the former Crystal Cathedral in November 2011 and taking possession of the property in September 2013, the Diocese of Orange has undertaken an extensive renovation to restore the 34 acre campus and its seven buildings, upgrading them to modern earthquake and energy efficiency standards and accommodating the unique needs of a large and vibrant parish, Diocesan Pastoral Office, and Catholic school.
As part of the renovations of the campus, the diocese has worked to develop the capacity to share its events, liturgical celebrations, news, and other topics of interest with audiences throughout Southern California and the world.
As the world’s largest religious media network, EWTN is a wonderful partner in these efforts. The network transmits television programming 24 hours a day to more than 230 million homes in 140 countries and territories through cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), low power TV, and digital media platforms.
EWTN airs family and religious programming from a Catholic point of view in multiple languages. The network offers inspiring talk shows, entertaining children’s animation, exclusive teaching series, live coverage of Church events, and thought-provoking documentaries. Programming originating from the Christ Cathedral campus will be included within its broadcast content mix for global audiences.
“As a Catholic organization, the mission of EWTN is perfectly aligned with that of the Diocese of Orange, to bring the Eternal Word, Jesus Christ, to all,” says EWTN CEO Michael P. Warsaw.
“Through this innovative partnership we will share the remarkable energy present in the Catholic Church in Orange County and its unique journey of faith with our global family.
“We are pleased to develop this West Coast studio in advance of the historic renovation of the Christ Cathedral itself. We will be well positioned and prepared to share news of this closely watched transformation with our viewers.”
From Orange County Catholic, official newspaper of the Diocese of Orange