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Parousia Media founder Charbel Raish (left) and Bishop Richard Umbers pose with US author Edward Sri, who was the keynote speaker at Parousia’s September 9 fundraising dinner. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Sydney Catholic apostolate Parousia Media has announced it will represent Eternal Word Television Network in Australia and New Zealand in a new partnership with the world’s biggest Catholic television operator.

Parousia founder and Director Charbel Raish made the announcement at a special fundraising dinner last weekend in Campsie.

EWTN, a satellite TV service which goes to an estimated 250 million homes around the world, was so impressed with the Sydney-based Parousia Media’s trackwork over the last several years it had wanted to formalise a relationship with the Sydney-based organisation, Mr Raish said.

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Guests at the fundraising dinner dine in Art Deco grandeur while listening to speaker Edward Sri at the Orion Centre, Campsie. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Parousia is now filing two to three stories a week to EWTN for its global audience. Mr Raish told The Catholic Weekly the arrangement was finalised during a recent trip to Alabama where EWTN is based.

The US organisation has supplied Parousia with all the necessary technical equipment to begin supplying content, including broadcast-quality cameras, studio equipment and a broadcast unit to consign high-quality content back to EWTN headquarters, sidestepping technical issues common to standard internet delivery, Mr Raish said.

The keynote speaker at Saturday night’s dinner was well-known EWTN contributor and prominent US Catholic author and academic Dr Edward Sri.

Charbel Raish announces Parousia-EWTN partnership (at 45m38s mark)

Dr Sri is Director of the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado, which operates as a Catholic graduate school aiming to produce agents of the New Evangelisation called for by Pope John Paul II.

Dr Sri, well known for his writing on St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, entertained the audience of several hundred people with a discussion of three points: common deficiencies in understanding love, the effects and psychology of moral relativism and why the world needs a Church.

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