September has been a busy month for CNEWA Canada. On 5 September, the premiere of Salt + Light Television’s newest documentary Across the Divide took place in Canada’s largest city, Toronto — after premieres in Vancouver and Halifax in June. The Canada-wide tour has been an exciting partnership for CNEWA Canada with Salt + Light, Canada’s Catholic television network.
Together, we have collaborated to tell a unique story of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.
Shot on location in the Holy Land, Across the Divide offers a glimmer of hope for the divided region by telling the heroic stories of staff and students at Bethlehem University, a CNEWA-supported institution.
It was a joy to be present at this event in my hometown, Toronto, along with the national director for CNEWA Canada, Carl Hétu, and over 350 others. You can see an article (old/broken link: https://www.catholicregister.org/news/toronto-gta/item/15041-collins-urges-catholics-to-cross-palestinian-israeli-divide) on the event in Canada’s Catholic Register newspaper.
On 19 September, the film premiered in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city and home of CNEWA Canada’s office. The screening was attended by our staff and over 250 people. To put on this wonderful event, I had the pleasure of working behind-the-scenes with Salt + Light’s team and an awesome group of young adult volunteers from the Ottawa area.
Each film premiere began with a cocktail reception and concluded with a special question-and-answer panel discussion. The panel included Carl Hétu, along with Cardinal Thomas Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, and Terrence Prendergast, the Archbishop of Ottawa. Both archbishops are members of CNEWA Canada’s Board of Directors. See the video below for highlights from both events.
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