Philippines Has New Catholic Television Channel

A new television channel is now in operation in the Philippines to offer Christian values and an alternative to the low-quality commercial programs.

Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN) is a joint initiative of the Cebu Archdiocese and Radio Veritas, the broadcasting station of the Manila-based Federation of Episcopal Conferences of Asia.

The new channel's studios, installed in the John XXIII Minor Seminary, were blessed Dec. 12 by Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, archbishop of Cebu.

With the television network, the Church will have an instrument to diffuse "the powerful message of love, forgiveness, peace and justice," the cardinal said in statements over Vatican Radio. It also will promote cultural values such as "decency, respect and religiosity," he explained.

Seventy percent of CCTN's programs are produced by the U.S.-based Eternal World Television Network (EWTN). Many programs will be dubbed in Cebuano, the dialect spoken in Mindanao and in the south of the Philippines.

The channel will rely on advertising for support.