Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
source – www.saltandlighttv.org
Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose goal is to use modern media in its many forms as a tool to connect Catholics to their faith. Its first initiative was to establish a new digital television channel, Canada�s first national Catholic television Network, Salt + Light Television in July 2003.
There are 12.8 million Catholics in Canada (43.5 percent of all Canadians),� this is approximately 5.2 million households.
We need a Canadian Catholic television network not only to connect to whenever we want to access quality Catholic programming but also to develop:
- A new tool for sharing and improving our knowledge of our faith
- A platform to connect the Church to its faithful
- A place of retreat and faith connection for all Catholics
- A new source of Catholic content to be shared with the world
Credibility + Commitment
Supported and encouraged by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the departments of the Vatican, Salt + Light Television follows on from the great success of the last World Youth Day (WYD) 2002.
�On behalf of the Bishops of Canada, I wish you every blessing and success as the legacy of World Youth Day 2002 is translated into a bold and welcome project of Salt + Light Television. May you and your staff receive all the support you need in this important work of evangelization and education of the Church in Canada.
“I pray that God bless you as you ‘set into the deep’ and continue to bring the Good News to the Catholics of our country through the powerful medium of television.�
Msgr. Peter Shonenbach, P.H. General Secretary, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, August 27, 2003
In addition, the former WYD 2002 CEO, Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. is now the CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation.
The architect of WYD in Toronto shares his vast experience and charisma with this new Catholic media foundation. Fr. Rosica envisions Salt + Light Television as �lifting off on the wings of World Youth Day 2002�, connecting Catholics across the country.
“�This evangelization must be done through a thoroughly competent and professional use of radio, television and the audiovisual media. And with evangelization are necessarily linked the advancement of the whole human race, the integral development of all men and women in the world. This is a noble and deeply Christian aim, and the Pope is with you in your conviction that it can be served worthily only by a professionalism which admits of nothing carelessly prepared. This is surely demanded by the reverence due to the word of God and by the respect to which audiences are entitled.�
Pope John Paul II – Message to the International Catholic Association for Radio and Television, October 25, 1978