EWTN's newly-announced German-language channel will soon reach up to 135 million European households, fulfilling a wish that Pope Benedict XVI expressed six years before his election.
“We have been broadcasting part-time in Germany since July 2000, but the launch of our new network, 'EWTN Katholisches TV,' on Astra IH will place us in the same satellite neighborhood as many of Germany’s most popular television channels,” said EWTN President and CEO Michael Warsaw, announcing the 24-hour German-language service that will launch on Nov. 6.
Martin Rothweiler, EWTN's managing director in Germany, recalled how Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – the future Pope Benedict XVI – wrote to support the project over a decade ago.
“I have heard that Mother Angelica, who has established a big Christian television network, is going to expand her work to Europe,” wrote the cardinal, who was then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in 1999.
“I can only greatly welcome this intention. I explicitly recommend any kind of support for it.”
The future Pope stated at the time that EWTN's entry into Europe, which began the following year, “would be a step forward for the Church, and a valuable contribution to the moral renewal of our society.”
With the launch of its new full-time German station, Warsaw said EWTN “can bring the Gospel to millions more souls.” The Astra IH network currently reaches more than half of all European television-owning households.
Warsaw added that viewers who do not have satellite television “can also tune into the new network via our new German website, www.ewtn.de.”
The network has translated several popular programs into German for the launch, including “Mother Angelica Live Classics,” “The Journey Home,” and the popular children's series “The Friar” (entitled “Pater Johann” in German).
Along with devotional programs such as the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the new station will also broadcast Sunday Masses from the Cathedral of Cologne, and will debut a series on the Second Vatican Council with Auxiliary Bishop Klaus Dick, a friend of Pope Benedict XVI.