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Catholicism is a 2011 documentary that traces the history and theology of this oldest Christian religion. The series is based on the 2011 book of the same name, written by Robert Barron. Barron, who is a Catholic priest, also hosts the series. Catholicism is an educational program, but Barron has also stated that he considers both the book and the television series an important part of his ongoing "evangelization" efforts.

The first and second episodes consider both the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Barron explains that Catholics consider Jesus the founder of their religion, and the priest then elaborates on the theological implications of a faith that believes God became a man. The third episode is a discussion and analysis of the mystery of an all-knowing, all-powerful God. Barron covers such topics as creation and providence on this program. Episodes four and five look at the roles of the Apostles and the mother of Jesus in the Catholic religion. Barron explains the origins of both the papacy and prayers to Mary.

The sixth program breaks from the founding biblical stories of the religion. This episode discusses the role of the Church as the "mystical body" of Christ on Earth. The following program elaborates on the many functions of the Church, including the administration of the seven sacraments. Saints are the next topic, and Barron clarifies that they are role models, not gods, for Catholics. The remaining episodes examine the importance of prayer and belief in life after death.

Catholicism was filmed all over the world, and each episode showcases the intrepid priest speaking near important Catholic historical sites. Such places include Israel, Rome, South America, and Africa. The show was designed for a lay audience, but the Roman Catholic Church considers the theology of the series thorough enough that it has authorized the use of the series for the official teaching of the faith in churches and schools.

Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
1 Season, 10 Episodes
May 3, 2012
Cast: Robert Barron
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  • Episode 10: "World Without End: The Last Things," Fr. Baron journeys to Florence, Ireland and Rome to illustrate how this life is a preparation for an extraordinary world yet to come.

  • The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit, Father Robert Barron explores how the Catholic Faith transforms humanity through prayer, spiritual commitment, and the mystery of vocation. Featured: New York, Avila, Toledo, Gethsemane and beyond.

  • The story of the church is told in the examples of those who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. In Episode 8: "A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints," Fr. Barron celebrates some of Church's most extraordinary saints--Edith Stein, Mother Teresa, Therese of Lisieux, and Katharine Drexel.

  • Father Robert Barron explores the ancient practices of the Church's worship that endure to this very day. The Eucharist is the central practice of the Catholic Faith, "the source and summit" of Christian life. In Episode 7: "Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist," Fr. Barron explains the words, gestures, and meanings of the Church's Eucharist. The story of the church is told in the examples of those who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ.

  • Episode 6: "A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The MysticalUnion of Christ and the Church," Father Barron explores the Catholic Faith's unique understanding of the relationship of Jesus Christ and the Church. Witness how the mystical Body of Christ is a living organism that stretches from Rome to New York, Sao Paolo, Manila, and Namugongo, embracing humanity in all of its joys and sorrows.

  • Episode 5: "The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure" presents the Church's missionary endeavor which begins with the adventures of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. From Ephesus, Corinth, Athens, and Rome and to the far reaches of the world, Father Robert Barron traces the influence of these two great apostles and their enduring legacies in the life of the Church.

  • Episode 4: "Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God," we travel to the ruins of Ephesus and to the great Marian shrines of Lourdes and Guadalupe. Fr. Barron explains the Church's great reverence for Mary and her unique role in the history of salvation.

  • Episode 2: "Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus," Fr. Barron journeys from Galilee to Krakow, Warsaw, New York City, Kampala, and beyond and presents throughout what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

  • Episode 1: Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man," we journey with Father Robert Barron to the mysterious and sacred sites of the Holy Land. From Caesarea Phillipi, to the Sea of Galilee, to Jerusalem and finally to the eternal city of Rome, Fr. Barron illuminates the Catholic Faith's conviction that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah and the revelation of God become man in Christ. The Chruch extends a stunning invitation to a unique way of life.

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