Vision: Through the means of communications to serve the media needs of the local Churches and through the exchange foster a greater mutual understanding and unity among Christians, especially between Catholics and Orthodox.
Mission: A Catholic network specialised in the production and distribution of religious programming via radio, television and the Internet.
The crtn.org web site seeks to serve:
- Producers: by facilitating program presentation and negotiation with broadcasters
- Broadcasters: by providing them with a source of quality and theologically sound Catholic programming and;
- Catholic Institutions: by supporting Catholic institutions in developing countries, which have air time, however, lack the financial means to either buy or produce Catholic programming.
Catholic Radio and Television Network (CRTN), with the cooperation and support of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), was founded in response to the profound changes occurring through Central and Eastern Europe on the eve of the 21st century. For over 70 years a lack of religious education complemented by militant anti-Christian and anti-Church activism, created suffering for faithful who found it difficult, if not impossible to learn and practice their faith. With the financial and logistical support of ACN, CRTN pioneered Christian media projects to help revive religious education and the renewal of Catholic media throughout these regions.
CRTN was founded as the St's. Cyril and Methodius Centre in 1987 to produce Catholic and Orthodox radio programming for Russia. In May 1989, CRTN started with the Russian language radio program “Radio Blagovest” (A Call to Prayer). Contents ranged from catechesis to bible teaching and religious news. Subjects seek to emphasize the common points that unite Christians and to discuss differing opinions in a constructive manner. The St's. Cyril and Methodius Centre was renamed Catholic Radio and Television Network (CRTN) in 1990 and given the task of building up a structure of media work with project partners in the former Soviet Union.
CRTN with the support of Aid to the Church in Need subsequently established:
- In 1992 a religious program exchange for the national networks throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
- In 1993 a Catholic and Russian Orthodox press agency Blagovest Info in Moscow, Russia. Today Blagovest Info is the oldest and most respected religious news agency in Russia distributing Catholic and Russian Orthodox news and working towards reconciliation.
- In 1994 a Greek Catholic press agency ARI in L'viv, Ukraine.
- In 1994 Catholic Lithuanian Radio Mazoji Studija.
- In 1995 the Christian Church and Social Channel radio network in Moscow, Russia, a cooperation between the Russian Orthodox radio, "Radio Sophia", "CRTN's Radio Blagovest" and "Radio Dar" (“Gift” – Russian Catholic Community) in the faculty of Journalism at the Moscow State University. At its height, the radio broadcasted programming 17 hours per day reaching over 20 million potential listeners throughout the Moscow region.
- In 1996 the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Radio Voskresinnya (Radio Resurrection) in Lviv Ukraine. Radio Resurrection still broadcasts daily programming nationally from L’viv on the Ukrainian National Network.
- In 1997 Blagovest Media: A production & distribution centre of Catholic - Orthodox television programs for Russia. To date Blagovest Media produces and distributes Catholic and Russian Orthodox programming on a number of television networks throughout Russia. It is the only distribution network of this kind in Russia.
- In 1997 Zavet: A distribution centre for Catholic and Orthodox DVD’s.
- In 2000 CRTN expanded the service to help facilitate the contact, coordination and negotiation of program sales between Catholic producers and the developing international Catholic television networks through the website www.crtn.org. For those countries where the Catholic Church has air time, however, lacks the financial means to either buy or produce Catholic programming, CRTN works with the producers to support these programming needs.