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Papal Visit Retrospective: On the Thursday, October 1 edition of The Iowa Journal

September 28, 2009

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will take a look back to the 1979 visit to Iowa by Pope John Paul II. This special one-hour episode airs on Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will be rebroadcast on Saturday, October 3 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD and Sunday, October 4 at 7 p.m. on IPTV. It will also be available online at

Pope John Paul II took office in 1978 as the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years. He was the most-traveled pope in history, and those travels brought him to Iowa thirty years ago this week. The Iowa Journal program will feature highlights from IPTV’s 25th anniversary special. In the studio to discuss the lasting social and religious significance of the visit is Monsignor Stephen Orr from Our Lady's Immaculate Heart parish in Ankeny and Monsignor Frank Bognanno from Christ the King Catholic Parish in Des Moines.

A longer discussion of this topic, with additional guests, will air on Sunday, October 4 at 8 p.m. on IPTV WORLD. In addition to the monsignors, Dr. Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize, and historian Tom Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni, will also be at the table.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
September 28, 2009

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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