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The Catholics in Media Associates Awards

Los Angeles, October 7th, 2016 (NCR). On October 9, the Catholics in Media Associates will hold their 23rd annual awards event in Los Angeles. “Ben-Hur," "Ray Donovan," "Story of God," and Bishop Robert Barron will be awarded and the actor Mark Derwin will be hosting the ceremony for the second time.

According to a press release from CIMA, the "awardees were chosen for their ability to tell stories that transcend daily life in compelling ways and to communicate the true, the good and the beautiful." CIMA will also recognize the 50th anniversary of the Catholic church’s World Day of Communication.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Cathedral Conference Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will follow a mass that is open to the public. Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez will preside over the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

"Ben-Hur," "an epic reimagining of the classic tale of Christ for the 21stCentury" will be awarded CIMA’s Motion Picture Award, according to the CIMA press release. This marks the second time that executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett will receive an award through CIMA, previously winning an award for "The Bible" in 2014.
Showtime’s "Ray Donovan" will receive the CIMA Television Award for the show’s focus on a Catholic family of mobsters’ "faith and conscience."

Receiving CIMA’s Documentary Award is the National Geographic Channel and Revelations Entertainment’s "Story of God" series. The documentary, narrated by Morgan Freeman, is a six-part series that explores various cultures, religions and their views on God.

CIMA will also present a new award, the Communicator Award, to Bishop Robert Barron. "His media ministry is ubiquitous and meets all the criteria for outstanding work as a Catholic communicator: interesting, accessible and informative," said Sr. Rose Pacatte, president of Catholics in Media. Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic ministries and has a weekly podcast called "The Word on Fire Show."

Finally, for the first time, this year’s event will benefit a $2,500 scholarship for a student filmmaker at Loyola Marymount University’s School for Film and Television.
Catholics in Media Associates is a nonprofit organization that was "formed by working professionals in the entertainment industry whose initial purpose was to share personal concerns of faith and spirituality as it is experienced in the workplace," according to its website. The awards were created to recognize those "who, by their work, have made clearer the Word of God."

More information about the event is available here.


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