New Documentary in Anticipation of Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 in Press Room

On Sunday, June 14th, New Evangelization Television (NET TV) will premiere its original production Custody + Creation, a moving environmental documentary about the care of creation and the role of the faithful.

Assessing the state of the Planet Earth and the imminent threat of climate change, Custody + Creation focuses on the Church’s reaffirmation of the biblical custody of the Earth, the dignity of creation, and human ecology. The documentary comes in anticipation of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, to be published on June 18th.

Custody + Creation presents exclusive interviews of scientists and theologians who share their research, experience and perspective, as well as local activists from the New York Harbor, Narragansett Bay, the Delaware River Valley and the Chesapeake Bay, who share viable solutions for taking on the issues of pollution, energy, and what Pope Francis has described as “disposable culture.”

“The makers of Custody + Creation understand the dynamics of protecting creation and connecting faith and reason, prayer, and activism with Church and state. They have found voices that can tell this story – that can show the Church in action to protect creation and defend human dignity,” said Bill Patenaude, founder of CatholicEcology.net and one of the interviewees featured in the documentary.

Other featured interviews include scientists and activists from the National Audubon Society (NYC), U.S. Geological Survey, R.I. Department of Environmental Management, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Program, and the Department of Natural Resources – as well as theologians and faith-based ecologists from the Catholic Climate Covenant, CatholicEcology.net, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Providence College, The College of St. Elizabeth, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries Eco-Chapel. The documentary also highlights the work of the Narragansett Bay Commission and Town of West Warwick.

Custody + Creation is produced by NET TV, a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view, which is part of DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn. It premieres on Sunday, June 14th, at 9 p.m. on NET TV, on Time Warner Cable, channel 97, Cablevision, channel 30, and nationally on Verizon FiOS On Demand.

Click here to watch the trailer for Custody + Creation.

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