Special to The Hays Daily News

"Catholicism," a multi-part documentary series, will air beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday on Smoky Hills Public Television in Hays.

The series, hosted by Father Robert Barron, is filmed in high-definition and spans more than 50 locations in 15 countries.

Barron, the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, tells the story of Catholicism around the world using art, architecture, literature, music and all the riches of the Catholic tradition.

The production crew travels to some of the most magnificent and sacred sites in Jerusalem, Rome, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, Istanbul, Ephesus, Lourdes, Mexico City, Athens, Corinth, Uganda, Manila, Sao Paolo, Auschwitz, Kolkata, Philadelphia and Chicago.

"The filming of the "Catholicism" series was one of the most exciting and rewarding periods of my life," Barron said. "Our team traveled the globe to capture some of the beauty, truth and texture of Catholicism. I am thrilled that people across the country will have the opportunity to share in the series, and I hope to engage the imaginations of both Catholics and non-Catholics."

The team was granted exclusive access to film in many private locations.

Highlights include some of the world's architectural and artistic masterpieces and most sacred places: The Dome of The Rock, the Hagia Sophia, the tomb of Mother Teresa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, rare views of the Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel and the Pope's private gardens.

The film also will feature cathedrals in Chartres, Notre Dame and Cologne, as well as one of the largest religious celebrations on the planet -- the feast of the Ugandan martyrs.

Viewers can find future air dates by visiting www.CatholicismSeries.com. The documentary has 10 parts and also is available online.