ABC to televise Midnight Mass from St Peter's

Pope Benedict's celebration of Midnight Mass will once again be beamed into homes, hospitals and nursing homes across Australia via an ABC telecast on Christmas Day.

The Mass, from St Peter's Basilica, will air at 11am ABC TV (which is live for viewers in the Eastern daylight saving time zone).

The Holy Father will preside at the Mass which will feature the participation of children from around the world and feature English-language commentary.

Celebrate Christmas to air during lunch

The Ten Network will air a special Christmas production aimed "exemplifies the unity called for by Christ in the Gospel"

Celebrate Christmas - which will screen at Midday on Christmas Day - was co-produced by Peter Thomas of the Catholic Bishops' Committee for the Media and Signis Pacific.

He collaborated with the Christian Television Associations of Western and South Australia, which includes most major denominations.

Mr Thomas said the show has a blend of traditional Christmas music, some amusing pieces with buskers and shoppers in city streets, along with some serious commentary from Theologian, Dr Andrew Dutney about the significance of Christmas carols.

Deane Hutton, one of Australia's best-known Science Communicators and Futurists also features on the program.

ABC to televise Pope Benedict XVI's celebration of Midnight Mass on Christmas Day (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 17/12/07)
Celebrate Christmas (Signis Pacific07/12/07

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Midnight Mass From St Peter's Basilica, Rome 2007 (ABC TV)
Vatican Television Centre - Programs December 2007

19 Dec 2007