Media Advisory – Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Milwaukee
WHAT – MESSENGER OF THE TRUTH, the award-winning human rights and religious freedom based documentary about the true story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko will air on public television beginning April 1. Father Jerzy was a Polish priest who was murdered in 1982 for defending the rights of the people of Poland.
WHEN AND WHERE – Milwaukee, Wis.: WMVS at 10 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and WMVS/WMVT at 10 a.m. CT Sunday, April 6, 2014.
WHY – Narrated by Catholic activist and actor Martin Sheen, MESSENGER OF THE TRUTH chronicles Father Jerzy’s opposition to Poland’s oppressive Communist leaders, who harassed, arrested, threatened, imprisoned and, eventually, murdered him for speaking the truth in a country full of propaganda, oppression and social injustice.
“A must-see documentary for all who believe in the rights of religious liberty, the dignity of the human person, and those who are lovers of freedom and defenders of the truth,” says His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
MESSENGER OF THE TRUTH was awarded first place in the documentary category at the 28th International Catholic Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland.
ABOUT FATHER JERZY – Father Jerzy was an ordinary priest, whose strong faith, conviction and courage mobilized a nation to believe that they were indeed free in their hearts. His pursuit of the truth stood against the Soviet-backed Poland regime’s pursuit of power. They were willing to kill, he was willing to die. The Soviets saw this one man speaking the truth in a country full of lies as a threat. The truth Father Jerzy spoke of gave the people strength and courage. This truth was the source of faith, hope and love that united the people and gave rise to the spiritual fortitude that would ultimately destroy the communist regime. This truth was revolutionary. Father Jerzy’s example and message of human rights, justice, truth and freedom ignited a faithful nation to not only dream of freedom, but have the courage to make it a reality. At Father Jerzy’s funeral, an estimated one million people surrounded his church in Warsaw and promised to continue his struggle for freedom through non-violence. Blessed Pope John Paul II admired Fr. Jerzy’s courageous stand for freedom and truth, and prayed at his grave. Fr. Jerzy was beatified on June 6, 2010, in Warsaw and is expected to be canonized in the near future.
MORE INFORMATION – For more information on the documentary, or to schedule an interview with its spokespersons — Gary Chartrand, executive producer, or Father Remek Blaszkowski, who assisted in the production of the film — please contact Kevin Wandra (866-777-2313, ext. 701 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.