NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that Timothy Cardinal Dolan and others will provide daily reports from the Vatican for The Catholic Channel, SiriusXM channel 129, starting Wednesday, February 27, when the College of Cardinals will gather in Rome for the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of a new Holy Father.
Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will offer listeners daily commentary during Pope Benedict's final days as Pope and the period leading up to the start of the conclave, when the Cardinals will be sequestered until the new Pope is elected. A new report will air daily and be played every hour on The Catholic Channel. Cardinal Dolan will share his thoughts on Pope Benedict's farewell meeting with the Cardinals on February 28 and will give the listeners insight into the responsibility of electing the Church's new leader.
Today, February 25, at 1:00 pm ET, Cardinal Dolan will host a new live episode of his weekly Catholic Channel show, Conversation with Cardinal Dolan.
"The conclave and the election of the Holy Father is an extraordinary event for all of us in the Church and I feel humbled and blessed to be a part of it," said Cardinal Dolan. "These are very special days ahead and I'm pleased to have the opportunity to communicate with the faithful listening through The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM and bring them closer to the proceedings."
"We are honored to have Cardinal Dolan and his team from The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM at the Vatican reporting back to our subscribers during this dramatic moment in the history of the church," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "The depth of understanding that Cardinal Dolan and his colleagues will provide as the leaders of the church assemble in Rome makes our Catholic Channel a unique source for news and understanding as the worldwide church goes through this pivotal moment."
In addition to Cardinal Dolan, listeners will also hear reports from Rome from Edwin Cardinal O'Brien, the former Archbishop of Baltimore and current Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
When the conclave begins, Catholic Channel hosts Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Lino Rulli will be in Rome to cover all the latest news. When the white smoke rises above the Vatican to signal the election of the new pope, Father Dwyer and Rulli will go live on air to cover the announcement and discuss the new Holy Father and what his election means for the future of the Church.
Produced by the Archdiocese of New York and SiriusXM, The Catholic Channel airs nationally 7 days a week/24 hours a day. The channel offers listeners contemporary talk about living the faith in today's world and features call-in shows hosted by members of the clergy and distinguished laity from across America. Visit www.siriusxm.com/thecatholicchannel for more info.
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