Catholic Radio Goes Beyond Borders

Mexico Station Reaches U.S. Listeners

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, DEC. 20, 2007 ( Signal from Radio Guadalupana, a new radio station from Ciudad Juarez, spreads the message of the Church across Mexico’s northern border to listeners in the United States.

Launched Dec. 11, the radio station was welcomed by bishops, priest, religious and laity who shared “the excitement of putting in place the project that would accomplish God’s plan of bringing his word to the farthest corners of the world,” María Eugenia Arriaga, from the diocesan newspaper Presencia, told ZENIT.

At 10 p.m. on the vigil of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the first words were transmitted by the frequency 1110 AM.

“Beginning today Radio Guadalupana is born, thanks be to God,” exclaimed Father Antonio Salcido, director of the station.

Before the opening ceremony, Father Jorge González, chancellor secretary of the diocese, read the official degree of establishment: “Meeting the urgent need of our times of proclaiming the truth about human life and man’s purpose revealed in Jesus Christ, we declare the establishment of Radio Guadalupana, radio station of the New Era group, whose programming and content will come from the Diocese of Juarez City.”

Arriaga noted the scope of the station’s work: “Since Juarez is a border city, this will help her sister city El Paso, Texas, in the United States. Hence, now that the programming for Radio Guadalupana has begun, the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, will also have two hours daily for its listeners.

“This means, that pastoral work will be achieved binationally, which will profoundly favor the two countries and give proof that faith has no borders.”