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7/2/2008
The Friar

    EWTN To Debut Exciting New Series for Kids “The Friar” Uses Puppets, Original Songs and More To Teach Parables to Kids

Irondale, AL (EWTN) EWTN Global Catholic Network has commissioned a series of programs about parables for children using original songs, animal and “human” puppets, animation, and actors to convey the lessons that Jesus taught.

“This series, produced in Spain, represents some of the finest religious programming available for children,” said EWTN President Michael P.Warsaw. “The puppeteering and animation are first-class and an entertaining way for children to begin to grasp the truths of the Gospel message.”

A total of 13 episodes have been produced in both English and Spanish, with an option for five more to follow. Each contains a parable, an original music video, and the story of a saint who embodies the lesson in the parable. Characters include Father John and his friends: Renata, a girl; Timothy, a mouse; and Leopold, a frog. The entire series will eventually be made available to families, schools, and religious education classes through the EWTN Religious Catalogue (www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com).

Episode 1 of “The Friar,” which airs 9 a.m. ET June 28 and 4 p.m. ET July 31, recounts the story of “The Good Shepherd,” who would lay down his life for his sheep. This episode, which is airing in English, is perfect for conveying Jesus’ love to young children. The program also talks about Our Lady as a shepherdess, and presents the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

At least eight other episodes are expected to air by fall. Please consult EWTN’s website, www.ewtn.com, which will list times and dates as soon as future episodes are scheduled to air.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 27th year, is available in nearly 150 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com and publishing arm, EWTN, is the largest religious media network in the world.

Photo captions: TheFriar1: Father John teaches “Renata” about Jesus’ love for her in Episode 1 of the new EWTN series, “The Friar,” airing 9 a.m. ET June 28 and 4 p.m. ET July 31.

The Friar2: Renata, a little girl puppet, “reads” about St. Ignatius of Loyola, in Episode 1 of “The Friar,” an original EWTN series for children, airing 9 a.m. ET June 28 and 4 p.m. ET July 31.

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