Media Guide: Nov. 20-30

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Bishop installation Mass — 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 20 EST on EWTN and online. See Bishop James D. Conley be installed at the ninth Bishop of Lincoln, Neb. Broadcast live from Lincoln’s Cathedral of the Risen Christ. Part of the series “Cathedrals Across America.” Encore at 10 p.m. Nov. 20.

“Poor Kids” — 10-11 p.m. EST Nov. 20 on PBS. This episode of the series “Frontline” presents an unflinching and revealing exploration of what poverty means to children. Info and preview.

Christ the Servant: The Vocation of Deacons. The Spiritual Heart of a Deacon” — 6:30-7 p.m. EST Nov. 23 on EWTN and online. A look at the true nature and character of the diaconate, which is not defined by what a deacon does, but by who the deacon is. View day schedule for automatic time zone translation.

“The Preacher’s Wife” — 10:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m. EST on Showtime. Charming 1992 remake of the 1948 fantasy, “The Bishop’s Wife,” in which an angel (Denzel Washington) is sent to help the discouraged Baptist minister (Courtney B. Vance) of a struggling inner-city church and his neglected wife (Whitney Houston) rediscover romance in their marriage. Director Penny Marshall’s slow-paced, sentimental story about the values of faith and hope is enlivened by an engaging cast and vibrant gospel songs. Romantic complications.
The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

Bishop installation and Ordination Mass — 3-6 p.m. EST Nov. 28 on EWTN and online. Msgr. Joseph E. Strickland will be ordained and installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese Tyler, Texas. Broadcast live from Tyler’s Caldwell Auditorium. Part of the series “Cathedrals Across America.” View day schedule for automatic time zone translation.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” — 8-9 p.m. EST Nov. 28 on ABC. In this digitally remastered 1965 special, Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests he become director of the school Christmas pageant and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas.

“Xavier: Missionary and Saint” — 10-11 p.m. EST Nov. 30 on EWTN and online. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, this documentary follows St. Francis Xavier’s missionary journey through Europe and Asia; it includes interviews with prominent religious scholars and cinematography of India, China and Japan. View day schedule for automatic time zone translation.

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