MANILA, Aug. 15, 2015—TV María, the country’s first Catholic television network, made Philippine Church media history on Friday, Aug. 14, as it officially launched its live broadcast direct from its headquarters in Pandacan.
“Another milestone has been reached in our efforts at further improving the TV channel: TV María is ready for direct broadcasting via internet,” announced Fr. Joselito L. Jopson, TV María director in a statement.
In his historic speech at the inauguration, Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle addressed TV María viewers live for the first time from its studio inside the Caritas compound in Pandacan, Manila.
The prelate went on to expound on the beauty of social communications, and on how this noble undertaking ultimately originates in a God who continues to speak and reach out to mankind.
“This is our mission. Through us, His Church, God talks to us … God is a God of communication. God is not self-absorbed. He revealed Himself to us … And we as Church continues what God has started,” said Tagle in Filipino.
“This is not about ratings, publicity, or image-building … This is an apostolate … With faith, hope, and love, TV María strives to do its share in making God’s work known, and in inviting its audience to respond to His call,” he added.
According to Tagle, the Philippine Catholic channel is taking its cue from the first generation of Christian evangelizers, exploiting the means at its disposal.
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“The ancient Christians created paintings and murals depicting scenes from the Bible. They did this in order to educate others on the faith … Using today’s technology, TV María is doing the same,” he explained.
TV María is Channel 1 on Dream Satellite, Channel 96 on Destiny, and Channel 160 on Sky Cable.
Those who have no access to TV María are advised to contact their cable TV providers. (Raymond A. Sebastián/ CBCP News)