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California TV priest Michael Manning dies at 75

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/20/2016

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Michael Manning, a priest who for decades brought Catholic teachings into people's homes via a Southern California television ministry, has died.

The Diocese of San Bernardino says Manning died Dec. 14 due to complications from cancer. He was 75.

In 1978, Manning founded Wordnet Productions, a nonprofit media company that produced more than a thousand TV programs from its San Bernardino studio.

Several of his shows, including "The Word in the World," were syndicated nationally by the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says (http://bit.ly/2hP7sPx ) Manning was a guest on Larry King Live and The Montel Williams Show and appeared with Robert DeNiro in the 1991 film "Guilty by Suspicion."

Diocese spokesman John Andrews says Manning chose media because he had an interest in bringing people together.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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