The Knights of Columbus-produced movie is operating on ABC TV affiliate stations and there is nonetheless time to look at.
A brand new documentary is analyzing the wealthy historical past of Native American Catholic witness. Enduring Religion: The Story of Native American Catholicism, a characteristic produced by the Knights of Columbus, is taking part in on ABC TV affiliate stations on Sundays.
The movie frames the historic contributions of Native American Catholics as “a lacking piece to the higher story of Catholicism in America.” With a view to do that, they return almost 500 years, to when Catholicism was first launched to North America. In a press release, Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly mentioned:
“The historical past and deeply ingrained traditions of Native American Catholics reveal how Christ reveals himself by means of the distinctiveness of each tradition. Our hope is that this movie will encourage a higher appreciation of the trustworthy witness of Native American Catholics.”
The documentary opens within the sixteenth century, when Our Girl of Guadalupe appeared to St. Juan Diego. It then follows the lifetime of St. Kateri Tekakwitha (d. 1680) the primary Native American saint to be canonized. Because it catches as much as trendy occasions it touches on Nicholas Black Elk, a Twentieth-century healer whose trigger for canonization remains to be open.
At every historic cease the movie makes, it examines the religious and cultural presents of the Native People. Because it progresses, the documentary makes observe of the struggles Native People confronted earlier than colonists got here on the scene. Lastly, Enduring Religion paperwork the tradition of recent Native American Catholics.
Catholic World Report interviewed Father Henry Sands, govt director of the Black and Indian Mission Workplace, on the documentary. Fr. Sands, who is among the audio system within the movie, mentioned of the work:
“We all know that there’s a lot of destructive historical past within the interplay between the native folks and the peoples who got here from Europe,” he mentioned. “On the identical time, one of many optimistic issues that befell is that the gospel did come to the folks of the Americas. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been thriving amongst native peoples because it was first introduced right here.”
Enduring Religion: The Story of Native American Catholicism was initially launched on Might 16. Since then, it has aired weekly on ABC TV associates. The documentary remains to be being run on Sundays. Visit the Knights of Columbus website to see the schedule.