WASHINGTON (August 31, 2007)— The Catholic Communication Campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will distribute "Divining the Human: The Cathedral Tapestries of John Nava" to the ABC-TV owned and affiliate stations on Sunday, September 16.
The program is part of the "Vision & Values" series produced by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission of which the USCCB is a member. The scheduling of the program is at the discretion of the local station. Local viewers may consult www.interfaithbroadcasting.com to learn if their station is carrying it.
The film follows California artist John Nava and his creation of tapestries for Los Angeles' Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Nava's work consists of a series of tapestries: one, the "Communion of Saints," depicting 136 Catholic saints which hangs in the nave of the cathedral; another, "The Baptism of the Lord," depicting John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the River Jordan; and the third, "The Holy City," which hangs behind the altar.
The documentary addresses universal spiritual and humanistic themes. Nava had to abandon the original idea of incising the images into the nave walls. He then set out to develop tapestries that would challenge his talents and those of the weavers in Bruges, Belgium. The finished tapestries currently hang in the cathedral, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this September.
The program was funded in part by a grant from the Catholic Communication Campaign, an effort of the USCCB to develop programming, public service announcements and other resources to promote Gospel values in the media. Current projects include the "For Your Marriage" campaign (www.foryourmarriage.org) and "Picturing Mary," seen on many public television stations earlier this year. Donations of Catholic parishioners make possible the work of the CCC. For more information on CCC programs, visit www.usccb.org.
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