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If you see a television crew floating around your parish, don’t panic – they might be covering a ‘good news’ story.

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While secular media is fixated with conflict and negativity when it comes to religion, Shalom World TV is a global Catholic television channel that is now operating in Australia and has already produced a number of programs featuring South Australian Catholics.

Last month a film crew from Queensland spent several days in the Henley Beach parish, recording an interview with Fr John Rate MSC for a program called Triumph and filming the local youth group for a story on the Antioch ministry which will be aired on Into the Light.

Since opening an office in Australia early last year, Shalom World has also produced stories featuring Adelaide priest Father Peter Zwaans, Hindmarsh parishioner Mario Forte and young Vietnamese Catholic Nguyen
Quynh Chi Doan.

Shalom World TV is part of Shalom Media, a Catholic media ministry that began nearly 30 years ago in a small village in South India.

With a mission to reach out to the world with the Gospel using all modern means of communication, it has grown into a successful global operation with 2.5 million viewers per month across various platforms and offices in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Shalom World TV had a strong presence at the recent World Youth Day event in Adelaide and was the official media partner for WYD Panama which was viewed by seven million people, including one million Spanish viewers, through the channel.

It can be accessed on various platforms for free including all the latest smart televisions, the Shalom World app or online at www.shalomworld.org.

Varkey Kaithakulam

Program coordinator Varkey Kaithakulam (pictured) says in Adelaide there are about 20 families who support ShalomWorld TV through their prayers interceding for the ministry and channel operations. Some contribute financially or give their time and abilities such as coordinating the production process, finding and reviewing programs as well as assisting the production crew at the site with food and accommodation.

Australia-wide, there are around 500 families supporting ShalomWorld TV and Shalom Tidings (a bi-monthly magazine) in different ways.

“Above all, prayer is the powerhouse of all Shalom activities with committed people who do intercession prayers or lead intercession prayer groups,” Varkey says.

“Most of the works are done voluntarily since it is a service to the community and the Church, spreading the good news, the truth and gospel values across Australia and around the world.”

Fr John Rate’s appearance on the Triumph program is scheduled for Friday March 8, 8pm.

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