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Lenten specials bring the Vatican to WQED
WQED features two programs on the Vatican in honor of the Lenten season.

Lenten Specials Bring the Vatican to WQED-TV

PITTSBURGH – WQED will feature two pieces on the Vatican in honor of the Lenten season. The OnQ Special Edition: Astorino: Pittsburgh’s Architect at the Vatican will air Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30pm. Discovering the Secrets of the Vatican, airs Sunday, March 8th at 11:30am and encores Tuesday, March 10th at 8:00pm on WQED-TV.

The OnQ Special Edition features unprecedented footage of the “Chapel of the Holy Spirit.” This chapel is the only building in the Vatican designed by an American (Pittsburgh-native Lou Astorino) and the place where cardinals pray before choosing a new pope. Astorino is credited with designing other landmarks, including PNC Park.

Discovering the Secrets of the Vatican is an intimate look at the government, people, culture, and history of the sovereign state. The Vatican is one of the most tourist-driven destinations in the world, despite covering just 110 acres. The program will unearth the rich culture and storied history of this landlocked destination; speak to Vatican guards; travel through underground tunnels; explore ancient architecture; and examine how a Non-Hereditary Elected Monarchy is run.

A Discovering the Secrets of the Vatican DVD, a partner book, The Vatican: Secrets and Treasures of the Holy City,” and a 5-DVD set, Secrets of the Vatican Collection,are all available for a contribution to WQED by calling 412-621-5808 or toll-free at 1-800-232-8813, or by going to

OnQis WQED’s nightly newsmagazine show, the only one in the region and one of five in the country. In its 10th year, OnQ features stories about the region’s culture, business, history and human interest topics. A multiple Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award winning program, OnQ was the first news and information program to broadcast in high-definition (HD) in the Pittsburgh market. Other prestigious awards for OnQ include: The Edward R. Murrow Award, The Gabriel Award, The CINE Golden Eagle Award.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (; and The WQED Education Department.


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