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NET TV to Air Extensive Coverage of Pope’s Trip to Mexico and Historic Visit to Cuba

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 in Press Room

NET TV, the Catholic cable network headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, will be airing live continuous coverage of Pope Francis’ historic trip to Cuba and Mexico in English and Spanish. From February 12th through the 17th, NET TV’s journalists will be reporting live from Mexico and El Paso, Texas, while our editorial team provides in-depth analysis from New York City.

Contributing to NET TV’s exclusive coverage on the ground and in-studio will be Catholic experts and influencers including Austen Ivereigh, author of “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope”; Fr. Agustino Torres CFR, Director of Evangelization for the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and co-founder of Catholic Underground; Fr. Joseph A. Espaillat, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx, Director of the Hispanic Charismatic Renewal and Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York; Fr. Jorge Ortiz-Garay, Director of Mexican Ministry for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and many others.

Comprehensive coverage will begin at 2 p.m. EST on Friday, February 12th, as His Holiness arrives in Havana, Cuba, for a groundbreaking meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. The Pontiff and Patriarch will sign a joint declaration before Pope Francis departs for Mexico City.

The Holy Father will celebrate Mass on Saturday, February 13th, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the sanctuary where the apparition of the Blessed Mother inspired the spread of the Catholic Faith throughout the Americas.

On Monday, February 15th, His Holiness will travel to the remote region of Chiapas to meet with the indigenous people, one of Mexico’s poorest and most marginalized communities.

Pope Francis will also visit the troubled border city of Juarez where, on Wednesday, February 17th he will celebrate a Holy Mass. The Pope brings a message of light during a time when drugs and violence have cast a shadow over Juarez. During the Mass, the Holy Father will address people watching from neighboring El Paso, Texas and offer a blessing that will reach across the border. NET TV will cover the Juarez event as well as the simultaneous Mass held at El Paso’s Sunbowl Stadium.

While in Juarez, the Holy Father will visit the Cereso 3 State Prison. The stop comes amid international concern over inmate rights and just days after a deadly prison riot left at least 50 people dead.

For the Pontiff’s complete itinerary as well as the profiles of NET TV’s editorial team and a full programming schedule, click here. Papal Masses will re-air in Spanish each night at 10 p.m. EST.

NET TV is a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view, which is available in the New York area on Time Warner Cable, channel 97; Cablevision, channel 30; and nationally on Verizon Fios On Demand. NET TV is now available in the five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess counties, and southern Connecticut via Verizon FiOS channel 48. Viewers can also watch the programming live on NET TV’s website at

NET TV is part of DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, whose past projects include the Papal Billboard displayed in Midtown, Manhattan, celebrating the Pope’s visit to New York City. Click here to see DeSales Media’s newest Papal billboards now up in El Paso and Mexico City.