WASHINGTON (December 28, 2000) -- Church Without Borders, a new hour-long television documentary from the
Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC), examines the experiences of young people from the United States and Latin America who share their faith through creative Inter-American missionary programs. The documentary will be delivered to ABC-TV affiliates Sunday, January 14, 2001, for broadcast on that day or on subsequent weekends.
Church Without Borders visits a group of recent graduates from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., who have committed to a two-year missionary program that has brought them to Chile. Despite language and cultural differences, these Holy Cross Associates minister locally, wherever the need dictates and learn to grow in faith with the people they serve as they live in the community.
"It would be naive to think that I could come down here and change the world," says Holy Cross Associate Jenni Nelson. "I know that I can't change the world, but I can change myself, and that's an important goal here."
Nearly seven thousand miles north of Santiago, Church Without Borders visits three young Chilean missionaries who are bringing the Gospel to inner city Boston, Mass.
"Part of being missionary today is bringing the Gospel in a special way to people on the margin...people who are voiceless or invisible in today's society," says Columbian Father Mike Cody, director of the Boston mission project.
Following his 1999 visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II challenged Catholics in America to actively participate in the evangelizing initiatives stirring in every part of the Americas in his apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in America. Church Without Borders also looks at Americans who are responding to that call--reaching out to their brothers and sisters across both sides of the United States-Mexico border through conversion, communion, and solidarity.
Through involvement in the ecumenical project Borderlinks, Catholics are helping people better understand the critical issues surrounding the United States-Mexico border. The group works to educate Americans about the issues surrounding border communities in such states as Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico.
Produced by Journey Films, Inc., for the United States Catholic Conference (USCC), Church Without Borders is part of the 2000 "Visions and Values" series provided to ABC-TV by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). Check your local ABC-TV listings for date and time of Church Without Borders in your community or visit www.nccbuscc.org\ccc.
The U.S. Catholic Conference is the public policy agency of the U.S. bishops. Through its Catholic Communication Campaign, the USCC produces and distributes a variety of media projects including television documentaries that examine spiritual themes, Christmas and Easter specials, and public service campaigns about issues of national importance.