Media Advisory: Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Tulsa and Oklahoma City
WHAT – MESSENGER OF THE TRUTH, the award-winning documentary on the story of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish martyr and 21st century hero of human rights, who was the chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland.
WHEN – The documentary will air at 5:30 p.m. CT Saturday, April 19, 2014.
WHERE – Two stations in Oklahoma will broadcast MESSENGER OF THE TRUTH: KOEDDT2 in Tulsa and KETADT2 in Oklahoma City.
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, and will be awarded the Christopher Award for the category of TV documentary on May 15 from The Christophers at their 65th annual award gala in New York City.
We would appreciate your help in bringing this hero’s story to life on social media. Please use the hashtag #FatherJerzy anytime you post/tweet about his life. Click here to like the Messenger of the Truth Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @FatherJerzy.
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, the 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 1 million people surrounded his church in Warsaw and as one, they 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 the 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.