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February 22, 2013

WGBH Radio FOCUS Coverage: The Changing Catholic Church

89.7 WGBH to explore the Catholic faith in Greater Boston all next week 
BOSTON, Mass. (February 22, 2013) – Massachusetts has a larger percentage of Catholics than all but two states. New England – and particularly Greater Boston – is home to Catholics of all stripes: devout and non-practicing; conservative and liberal; young and old. Starting Monday, February 25, as Catholics across the region and throughout the world prepare for Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and the selection of a new pope, the 89.7 WGBH news team will explore the many facets of the Catholic faith with a week of focused coverage on ‘The Changing Catholic Church.’ The series kicks off Monday morning during Morning Edition with Bob Seay. The features will also be broadcast during All Things Considered with Jordan Weinstein.
“There is no question that the Catholic Church is a part of Boston and New England. As Catholics and non-Catholics await the selection of a new pope who will lead a Church with great influence and any number of challenges, WGBH Radio will explore the many stories of the ‘Changing Catholic Church,’” said WGBH Radio Executive Editor Ted Canova. “We look forward to adding to a wide-ranging conversation about the Church’s influence and contributions in Boston and beyond.”
The series begins Monday with a report from Anne Mostue on ‘Catholics Come Home,’ a self-described “New Evangelization” campaign to reengage inactive Catholics. Later in the week, WGBH Senior Reporter Phillip Martin will explore the Catholic faith’s competing traditionalist and evolving, progressive doctrines. James Edwards explores the shift in minority makeup of the Church. Ibby Caputo looks back at the lives of past popes who resigned as head of the Church. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, who debut on Boston Public Radio on Monday afternoon, will take up these topics in their conversations with listeners as well.
89.7 WGBH is committed to providing audiences with unique, local perspectives on the stories that shape the news in Boston, across the country and throughout the world. The station, which continues to grow and evolve, aims to provide in-depth, focused coverage on timely subjects. The 89.7 WGBH news team is part of an award-winning multi-platform news team that is engaging audiences through radio, on TV and on the web.
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