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WOF 018: The Story of Word on Fire

April 12, 2016

How did God use a little-known seminary professor to launch a worldwide evangelization ministry? Bishop Barron shares the story behind his Word on Fire ministry, including the many twists and turns along the way. A Protestant listener who is interested in Catholicism asks for some good book recommendations.

Topics Discussed

  • 1:14 – Bishop Barron’s education at CUA and the Institut Catholique de Paris
  • 5:00 –  Cardinal George’s influence on Word on Fire
  • 6:39 – How do we “evangelize the culture”?
  • 8:13 – Early homilies on the radio and Internet
  • 10:19 – Bishop Barron posts first video on YouTube
  • 13:38 – Reaching people online who would never enter a church
  • 16:32 – Where did the idea for the CATHOLICISM series come from?
  • 21:31 – How the CATHOLICISM series aired on PBS
  • 23:22 – The new follow-up film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players
  • 25:28 – The influence of Mother Angelica on Bishop Barron’s work
  • 27:50 – Question from listener: what are some good books for someone curious about Catholicism?

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