Hong Kong
2000-07-14 00:00:00

Dozens of local Catholic celebrities and performers have participated in the first Catholic-produced TV program to propagate the Gospel message of faith, love and hope.

The program "The Beginning and The End" has 26 episodes altogether.

TV journalist Tang King-fai told reporters July 7 at the launching and preview of the program that he took part because he was "called by God." His role in the episodes is to conduct interviews with guest speakers, he said.

The Church is more open to different views compared to the local government, whose administration and reforms have been strongly criticized, Tang added.

TV and film actress Lo Lan, who bagged two "best actress" awards early this year, said she is happy with the Catholic program.

The 60-year-old Catholic actress observed that while the local Church seems to portray a conservative image, it now employs popular media, namely television and Internet, to tell people about Jesus, the Church and religion.

The program is broadcast on Cable TV on Sundays and will run for six months starting July 9. It is also aired concurrently on the Diocesan Audio-Visual Centre´s website and a commercial web cinema . A video compact disc version will be released.

The theme song "God is Love," presented by Frances Yip Lai-yee, was composed by James Wong. Both are Catholics.

Catholic professionals including government officials, legislators, a horse commentator and a TV program host would share their faith experiences.

The inaugural episode´s "One Minute from Renowned Catholics" featured government financial secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, a Catholic. He testified how his mother´s ill health directed him to the Catholic faith.

In a congratulatory note to the program, Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications, expressed hope that the Hong Kong Catholic TV program would help people live a life of warmth and love.


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