Programmes You Can Believe In....
RTÉ Religious Programmes aim to Reflect, Interrogate, Celebrate and Explain the religious, ethical and spiritual life of contemporary Ireland. We broadcast over 100 hours each year on both television and radio, including documentaries, discussions, interviews, festival features and worship programmes, reflecting the full diversity of religious belief and practice in Ireland.
All of our output can also be found online, either on the RTÉ Player, the RTÉ Radio Player or on the websites of our various strands: WOULD YOU BELIEVE?, THE MEANING OF LIFE, THE MOMENT OF TRUTH, BEYOND BELIEF and THE GOD SLOT.
In terms of Christian worship, we also try, through a mixture of outside broadcasts and Masses & Services from the RTÉ studios in Dublin, to reflect the wide variety of denominations and worship styles to be found across the 32 counties, north and south of the border.
If you would like your church or faith community to feature, please contact me at email@example.com or on +353 1 208 4586. Thanks.
Roger Childs, Head of RTÉ Religious Programmes.
On Sunday 16th March, our simulcast Mass on RTÉ One (TV) and RTÉ Radio 1xtra / LW252, at 11.00am, celebrates the work of Trócaire and in particular their Lenten campaign, whose focus, this year is on Water. For more information, see their website: http://www.trocaire.org/lent
For anyone who missed the Would You Believe? Special Investigation, THE LEGION, you can still watch it here on the RTÉ Player: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10260914/
In it, Mick Peelo tells the story of the pivotal role that Ireland played in the spectacular rise and fall from grace of The Legionaries of Christ and their disgraced late founder, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado LC. Fr Maciel, who died in 2008, hid in plain sight for over five decades, and flourished, under five successive Popes as an embezzler, womaniser, drug addict and paedophile, secretly fathering at least three children by two different woman, while being revered by his followers and championed by Rome as a living saint.
For anyone affected by the issues raised, there are contact details for support services on the Would You Believe? website, which can be accessed by clicking on the WYB? link to the right of this column.
On The God Slot, Eileen Dunne continues to offer an eclectic mix of discussions, interviews and features on RTÉ Radio One every Friday at 10pm. Previous episodes are available as podcasts online (http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-god-slot/) or via the Radio 1 app. And you can follow the series on Twitter: @TheGodSlot
If you have suggestions or questions for the Producer, Gerry McArdle, please feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01 208 2039.
The Meaning of Life will be returning on 4th May, but in the meantime, Gay Byrne has a book based on interviews from, and reflections on, the first seven series of the programme. That's available in all good book stores, published by Gill & Macmillan..
We are also open to suggestions and stories for our various Factual series: Would You Believe?, The Meaning of Life, The Moment of Truth and Beyond Belief. Just email me: email@example.com Thanks.