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NYE Times Square Billboard & New Spanish Podcast for Ascension's Chart-Topping Sensation Hits Astounding 142 Million Downloads and 3.3 Billion Minutes of Listening Worldwide
Nov. 8, 2021

EXTON, Penn., Nov. 8, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- -- "The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)™" launched with explosive popularity this year, shooting to the #1 position on Apple Podcasts in all categories and remaining there from Jan. 2-18, 2021.

In a press conference on Nov. 3, podcast producer Ascension announced several new initiatives designed to highlight the show's enduring success and reach even more souls with God's Word:

    -- A New Year's Eve billboard in Times Square promoting the podcast at 7th Ave & 48th St, New York City (Dec. 19, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022)

    -- "La Biblia en un ańo" Podcast: The launch of an all-new Spanish-language version of "The Bible in a Year" podcast with original commentary and a new, native-Spanish speaking host (Jan. 1, 2022)

    -- "The Bible in a Year Retreat" Virtual Event for "Bible in a Year" listeners, designed to help Catholics cultivate a lifelong relationship with the Word of God– one that extends far beyond the podcast (Limited capacity; Feb. 18-20, 2022)

Ascension shared that current stats for "The Bible in a Year" reveal 464,000 daily downloads, of which 90% are U.S.-based listeners.

That U.S. audience of 418,000 would fill the largest football stadium in the country, that of the University of Michigan, 4 times over.

"Through distraction and distress, our culture has lost a hopeful, historical biblical worldview–but by the grace of God this podcast has helped thousands rediscover it," commented Podcast Host, Fr. Mike Schmitz.

He continued: "We're humbled by testimonials from people of all walks of life who've started to apply a biblical worldview to their lives–gaining clarity on God's will, overcoming addictions, returning to the sacraments or are converting to Catholicism, renewing marriages and relationships–and many more incredible stories."

About "The Bible in a Year" Podcast

"The Bible in a Year" podcast saw meteoric success at its 2021 launch, shooting to top of the Apple Podcast charts and becoming:

    #1 Podcast in all categories: Jan. 2-18, 2021
    #1 Podcast in Religion & Spirituality: Jan. 2-Jun. 30, 2021 & Oct. 24-Present

The show features Fr. Mike Schmitz reading through Ascension's entire Great Adventure Catholic Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way. Episodes average 23 minutes in length. Scripture scholar and Bible Timeline Learning System creator Jeff Cavins is the featured guest of the podcast.

About Ascension
Ascension is a multimedia network and the leader in Catholic faith formation and digital content. Over the past 20 years, Ascension has helped nurture the faith of over 10 million people in over 8,000 parishes through more than 50 unique faith formation programs and the Ascension Presents media platforms. The Ascension Presents YouTube channel boasts nearly 600,000 subscribers, 85 million total views, and is one of the top 3 Catholic YouTube channels in English.

SOURCE Ascension

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