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April 15, 2014

Priest on cell phone while hearing confessions...

Yeah, you heard that right.

On Monday night, my children and I went to a local parish for Confession. There were two women before us and soon after our arrival several other people came in. When our turn came I went in first and everything was as usual- not so for my children. 

My youngest went right after me and after a few moments everyone in the pews could hear a cell phone going off.  I didn’t pay much attention to it because I thought it was coming from downstairs in the parish hall, but when my daughter came out her eyes were huge and she gave me ‘that look’ and whispered “Did you hear the cell phone?”

I nodded and shushed her, but she continued, “Father’s cell phone went off when I was confessing and I didn’t know if I should keep talking or let him finish with his call.”

My mouth dropped open.

I simply could not believe a priest would bother taking his cell phone into the Confessional with him, but since I had just confessed my own sins I didn’t want to create new ones by getting angry about it.  I shrugged it off as “He must have forgotten to turn it off” and I let it go.

My eldest daughter went in, came out, prayed and we all left the parish.  Once in the car, my youngest brought up the cell phone ringing during her confession and my eldest responded, “You think that is bad, Father was TEXTING during my confession.”

I hit the breaks on the car and turned around with a “WHAT?”

“Yeah,” she said, “I was confessing and I could see him through the screen texting on his phone the whole time.  I don’t think he really heard anything I said, he just kept mumbling “ahem, yep” and stuff like that.”

I was appalled and very, very disappointed in this priest whom I have known for a few years now and had never seen such behavior from him.

When I voiced my unhappiness at what he’d done, my oldest (always a glass half full girl) said “Don’t worry Mom, maybe he was just multi-tasking, he is busy you know.”

My youngest pipes up “Yeah, it could have been an emergency phone call  too.”

Multi-tasking?  Emergency cell phone calls in the Confessional?

In my opinion, there is NO good reason for ANY priest hearing confessions to be taking phone calls or texting people.  It's just wrong and I am considering writing to his Bishop about it.


Is this the best our clergy can offer us these days?  Is this what we want to teach the next generation about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Confessional?


In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


UPDATE:
A few things...

1) This is a GOOD PRIEST who did something he shouldn't.  It was a mistake, that doesn't make him a horrid priest, just a human one who made a bad choice.  Pray for him and others like him.

2) A forum discussion from Catholic Answers in 2010 was brought to my attention and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND EVERY CATHOLIC LISTEN TO THIS:

http://www.romans10seventeen.org/audio-files/20070930-No-cellphones-in-the-Confessional-Healing-and-making-our-souls-new-in-Christ.mp3




links:
http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=459158

http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20070930-No-cellphones-in-the-Confessional-Healing-and-making-our-souls-new-in-Christ.html

http://www.romans10seventeen.org/audio-files/20070930-No-cellphones-in-the-Confessional-Healing-and-making-our-souls-new-in-Christ.mp3




April 12, 2014

Catholic Events

Dear Friends,

May the Lord give you peace!

The Chrism Masses:

St Joseph's Cathedral (Hartford), Tuesday, April 15, 11am
St Augustine's Cathedral (Bridgeport), Wednesday, April 16, 10am
St Patrick's Cathedral (Norwich), Tuesday, April 15, 10:30am

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The Church of the Assumption at 61 N. Cliff St., Ansonia, CT cordially invites everyone to attend the final concert in the Sundays at Five Series on April 27, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  Organist David Hughes will be giving an organ concert which will be followed by a fabulous reception in the church hall. Admission is by free will offering.  For those interested, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be sung during a Eucharistic Holy Hour of Adoration from 3:00-4:00 in the convent chapel that same afternoon.

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Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC  will give his talk, "John Paul II and the Divine Mercy Message" on Monday, May 5, 7-9 pm at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 26 Chestnut Land Rd, New Milford, CT 06776; phone 860-354-2202

Come hear this amazing talk on the intimate connection between the Papacy of "Saint" John Paul II and the Divine Mercy message and devotion. You will learn more about  St.Faustina, the Chaplet and Image of Divine Mercy, The Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday and the amazing Pope that made it all happen.

You won't want to miss this dynamic Marian Priest share this message.

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A recommended article on a witness of holiness from the "Catholic Transcript" (April 2014). Here's the link: 


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April 10, 2014

EWTN Press Release: Divine Mercy Sunday

EWTN To Air Divine Mercy Events On
Same Day “Mercy Pope” Will Be Canonized


Irondale, AL – If not for the support of soon-to-be St. John Paul II, the Divine Mercy devotion might never have been officially approved by the Catholic Church. It is fitting, therefore, that the late Pope, also known as the Mercy Pope, not only be canonized on this feast day, but that EWTN Global Catholic Network broadcast events celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy from the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., official promoters of the Divine Mercy message.
 
Join more than 20,000 people on the grounds of the Shrine and millions more who will follow the Divine Mercy Celebration and more on EWTN. 
 
This year’s lineup includes:
  • “Divine Mercy Preview Show:” The theme for this year’s program, hosted by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC, is “Mercy in Action.” Learn how Popes John Paul II and John XXIII lived mercy and how you can too. The program airs live at noon ET, Sunday, April 27, from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., with an encore at midnight.
  • “Mass & Celebration of Divine Mercy:” Airs live from the National Shrine of Divine Mercy at 1 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 27, with an encore at 1 a.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 28.
  • “Divine Mercy Holy Hour:” Airs live from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala. at 4 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 27, with encores at 3:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 1; 2 p.m. ET, Friday, May 2.
  • “Living Mercy:” Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church's amazing impact on the Baton Rouge, Louisiana community, through their devotion to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and especially their annual Lenten Novena, which draws Catholics and even non-Catholics by the thousands. This half-hour program airs 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 27.
Learn more about the Divine Mercy Devotion at http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/index.htm.
 
The programs above may be watched or listened to live on EWTN television by cable or satellite (www.ewtn.com/channelfinder), streaming audio or video on the Internet (http://origin.ewtn.com/audiovideo/index.asp), shortwave (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/freq.htm), EWTN mobile (http://www.ewtnapps.com/), on the EWTN Radio Network via our affiliates, (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/radioaffiliatemap), on SIRIUS satellite radio channel #130 (http://www.sirius.com/ewtn), or on iHeartRadio (www.ewtn.com/radio) , as well as on EWTN’s own YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/ewtn).
 

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

April 8, 2014

Review: Bill O'Reilly's "The Last Days of Jesus" book

A few weeks ago Allison Verost, Director of Publicity at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group contacted me  to ask if I would review Bill O’Reilly’s soon to be released book “The Last Days of Jesus: His Life and Times”.  This is an adaptation of O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” book and is written for children 10 years and up.  I agreed to read and review the book. 

I should mention here that I  have never read any books by Mr. O’Reilly and don’t watch his Fox News programs (though I did many years ago so I am familiar with who he is), so I had no idea what to expect.

**According to O’Reilly’s Bibliography he used the Protestant NIV Bible, so I will quote that Bible in this review**

*********WARNING SPOILERS*********

I am no theologian but I am pretty well studied in the Scriptures and because of that fact found I had several "issues" with the book. Some people will probably disagree with me, but here is my take on the book...

First up, the book tells a completely fictional story of Jesus as a young boy who along with Mary and Joseph run for their lives from Roman soldiers who are slaughtering Jews in the market place.  I don’t know where exactly O’Reilly got this story from, but its not in any Bible I can find. 



Some people might like a fictional Jesus story, I don’t so right of the bat I was offended.

Next up an example of one of many times O’Reilly CHANGES Sacred Scripture to tell a different story (he does this often in the book and if you don’t know the scriptures you will not know it is altered).

In this example O’Reilly says that the disciples John and James were “jockeying for position” in Jesus’ “new regime” and requested that they each get to sit to Jesus’ left and right in positions of power.  


The Bible tells the story a bit differently…the NIV titles the passage “A Mother’s Request” yet O’Reilly makes no mention of a mother at all.

Matthew 20 [NIV Bible]- A Mother’s Request  20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”“We can,” they answered.23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

[source: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2020&version=NIV]

No big deal?

OK, lets move on.

Catholics (like me) might take exception to O’Reilly’s version of Simon Peter and Jesus.  The Bible shows in Matthew 16 that Jesus gives Peter the keys to the Church (authority) and tells the disciples he (Jesus) was creating a real Church on earth – O’Reilly ignores most of this in his own chapter circling these events without mentioning the focal points to talk about other things.
The NIV Bible: Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.


Now O’Reilly’s version:



No keys, no Church, no authority, no papacy…its been gutted. If you are going to write a chapter about this exchange between Jesus and Peter then why leave out the most important parts?  O’Reilly rips out the 18th and 19th verses which his own faith (I believe he claims to be Catholic) highlights as the foundation of Jesus Christ building His Church on earth.  Hardly a trivial matter to Christianity.

Next he guts the Last Supper – no Eucharist.  The focus of this chapter for O’Reilly is that Jesus washed someone’s feet.  For O’Reilly this is the most important part of the Last Supper, yet in the Scriptures the foot washing is not mentioned in Matthew, Mark or Luke, only in the Gospel of John and the reason it is mentioned is to show that Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him (verse 11). Judas was the "unclean" one among the disciples. The significance of the Last Supper- the Eucharist being instituted is simply not shown in this book at all.   

Here is O’Reilly’s version…



Now here is what the Sacred Scriptures says about the foot washing…
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet  13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. –end-



And here is what Scripture says about the Last Supper
Luke 22 (NIV Bible) - Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus 1 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.The Last SupperThen came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.-end-


Other issues I had… in chapter one, O’Reilly claims Joseph only had a bad dream that terrified him so much he woke up Mary and Jesus and bolted out of Bethlehem.  No mention of the “angel of the Lord” telling Joseph to take his family and leave (Matthew 2:13). 

In chapter two, O’Reilly talks about Jesus sleeping on roof tops and how rare red meat and fish are to Jesus’ diet as a child.  Could he have slept on roof tops and rarely eaten red meat or fish, sure, but that’s not in the Bible. According to Isaiah 7, Jesus ate curds and honey as a child.
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.

In chapter five, O’Reilly portrays Mary and Joseph as “shocked” by Jesus’ knowledge of God because never before has Jesus nor anything else in their life given them the impression that their son was anyone special. Yet the Bible clearly shows both Mary and Joseph were well informed by God that this was no ordinary son. Luke 1:31-35
31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."

In chapter seven, O’Reilly has John the Baptist proclaim he [John the Baptist alone] “saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him” before Jesus even got to the water to be baptized.  According to the Bible, Jesus was baptized THEN Heaven opened up and dove came down… (Matthew 3:16).

O’Reilly goes on to write that “John the Baptist says “I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One” in chapter seven, but later in chapter thirty O’Reilly claims that John the Baptist “is beginning to doubt his initial faith in Jesus as the Messiah”

In chapter twenty-eight (the Crucifixion scene) O’Reilly doesn’t mention the Disciple John being with Mary at the cross or Jesus giving Mary to John to care for (John 19:25-27) now that Jesus is going to die on the cross and soon ascend into Heaven (after he comes out of the tomb and walks the earth for 40 days).  Also left out of this chapter is Christ's words: “Into your hands Father I commend my Spirit” (Luke 23:46), the earthquake when Christ dies on the cross (Matthew 27:51), the temple curtain torn at the moment of Christ's death on the cross (Matthew 27:51) and the people raised from the dead (Matthew 27:52-53).  No mention of any of those major events.

Most chapters (in my opinion) show Mary, Joseph, the disciples and others as completely clueless about who Jesus is and what he is doing most of the time. I didn't care for O'Reilly's view or depiction of these Saints. 

And the final BIG issue for me… the very last sentence in the last chapter of the book… "To this day, the body of Jesus of Nazareth has never been found.”  No mention that Jesus was seen after the Crucifixion for 40 days (Acts 1:3) or that people watched him ascend into Heaven (Acts 1:9).

The book ends with an “Afterword” that includes assorted religion’s varying views of Jesus (Muslims, Jews, Pagans, Hindus etc).  This also includes what some writings and history say happened to the Apostles and other biblical characters (Pontius Pilate, Mary Magadalene etc).

Because I found too many alterations of Sacred Scripture and missing key Scriptural points I could not recommend this book to ANY parent to give to their child. Better they learn about Jesus from a child's Bible than this fictional portrayal of Jesus.

I am sure this is not the review Bill O’Reilly or his publisher were hoping for, but I have to be honest. I am sorry to say I simply did not like this book and cannot recommend it.


In Christ,


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner



Gospel of Life Society Event...



Gospel of Life Society
Meetings at St. Mary, Norwalk, 669 West Ave, 06850
Every Second Sat, at 10 AM,  after the 9 AM Pro-life Mass,
Meeting will be in the school building behind the Church..
Eileen Bianchini,(203) 847-5727 or stmarygols@aol.com.

Sat., April 12, 2014:  Our speaker will be Fr. Greg Markey speaking on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) and the need for pro-life work. Join us!
APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
EVANGELII GAUDIUM
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY,
CONSECRATED PERSONS
AND THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL
IN TODAY’S WORLD



All are Welcome!  Bring friends and loved ones.
Coffee, tea, juices & refreshments served.
 


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April 7, 2014

EWTN Press Release: Pre-Canonization Lineup

EWTN’s Pre-Canonization Lineup Will Include A Special From L.A. With Archbishop Gomez And Scores of Movies, Documentaries & More



Irondale, AL –Two towering figures in Catholicism -- Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII – are about to be canonized and only EWTN Global Catholic Network will air the specials, documentaries, movies, series and more that will help you understand just why these men are so important to Catholics around the world.
 
Celebrate! On the night before the canonizations, EWTN will take you to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, where Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez will lead the “Pope John Paul II Canonization Celebration and Vigil” at 10 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 26. It’s a special celebration full of “must see” surprises.
 
In the week leading up to the canonization, you’ll want to stay tuned for a cascade of specials.
 
Fans of Pope John Paul II won’t want to miss “Nine Days That Changed the World,” a look back at Pope John Paul II’s transformational nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in 1979; “In the Footsteps of John Paul the Great,” an EWTN Original Production in which British Journalist Joanna Bogle and Clare Anderson traverse the streets and villages where young Karol Wojtyla played, studied, and hid from the Nazis; “Personalism of John Paul II,” another EWTN Original Production on the late Pope’s philosophy; a feature film called “John Paul II;” and many other specials too numerous to list!
 
Fans of Pope John XXXIII won’t want to miss “John XXIII: The Saint,” a half-hour documentary on the contributions of John XXIII to the Church and to the world, featuring historic footage from the Vatican archives and interviews on his legacy; “The True Life and Teachings of Pope John XXIII,” a 12-part series dedicated to the Pope’s writings, works, and wisdom, by Fr. McBride, who began a study of this Pope after meeting him just before his death in 1963; “The Papacy: A Living History,” a new edition to Fr. Richard Kunst’s popular series features an array of Pope John XXIII’s personal belongings, which help illustrate Church history during his time as Pope – and many others!
 
For more information about these specials, including an April 23rd “EWTN Live” with Papal Biographer George Weigel, as well as dates and times of the events above, please go to www.ewtn.com/canonization.
 
Programs may be watched or listened to live on EWTN television by cable or satellite (www.ewtn.com/channelfinder), streaming audio or video on the Internet (http://origin.ewtn.com/audiovideo/index.asp), shortwave (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/freq.htm), EWTN mobile (http://www.ewtnapps.com/), on the EWTN Radio Network via our affiliates, (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/radioaffiliatemap), on SIRIUS satellite radio channel #130 (http://www.sirius.com/ewtn), or on iHeartRadio (www.ewtn.com/radio) , as well as on EWTN’s own YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/ewtn).
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

April 3, 2014

EWTN Press Release: What can be done to prevent shootings?

What Can Be Done To Prevent Shootings
Like the Tragedy in Fort Hood?

Rick Warren Talks Exclusively to EWTN's Raymond Arroyo
About His Mental Health Initiative In Collaboration With
Bishop Kevin Vann Of the Diocese of Orange, CA



Irondale, AL
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California knows about the stigma that often follows those who seek treatment for mental illness. His own beloved son committed suicide -- and he and his wife say that their lives will never be the same.
 
However, in his pain Warren partnered with Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, CA. to birth a mental health initiative so that those experiencing mental illness will know where to go for help -- and so that those to whom they are most likely to turn will know how to respond. Without initiatives like this, tragedies like the recent shooting in Ft. Hood by an Iraqi war veteran who was reportedly undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety are more likely to reoccur. A similar string of murders by a mentally ill gunman occurred at the same Army post in 2009.
 
Rick Warren and Bishop Kevin Vann talk exclusively to EWTN's Raymond Arroyo about mental illness and their mental health initiative on tonight's "World Over Live," at 8 p.m. ET on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.
 
Here's a clip from tonight's interview: http://youtu.be/i5XqO8nqwb8
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

April 2, 2014

EWTN Press Release: Canonization of Two Popes

EWTN’s News Teams Will Be Live in Rome
For The April Canonization of Two Popes


Irondale, AL – EWTN Global Catholic Network’s news teams will be on the ground in Rome for the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Coverage will be available around the world in English, Spanish, and German and on all platforms. The highlight of Team EWTN’s coverage will be the Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. The Mass is scheduled to air live at 3:30 a.m. ET Sunday, April 27, with primetime encores of the event that same evening at 7 p.m. ET Sunday night, and again at 11 p.m. ET, Monday, April 28.
For the complete lineup of programs, including dates and times, please go to www.ewtn.com/canonization. (You will want to check back frequently as times are subject to change.)
 
Highlights of our coverage will include “World Over Live” Host Raymond Arroyo, who will anchor a one-hour “World Over Live” special at 4 p.m. ET, April 25, as well as a special “Live From the Vatican With Raymond Arroyo” at 6:30 p.m. ET, April 26.
 
“EWTN News Nightly” (ENN) Executive Producer Brian Patrick will not only provide commentary as part of the canonization team, he will also anchor two special episodes of ENN from Rome at 11 a.m. ET, April 25 and 26, as well as a one-hour wrap-up of all of EWTN’s special coverage at 6 p.m. ET, Monday, April 28.
 
In addition, Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis, EWTN’s own “Vaticanista,” will host a special episode of “Rome Dispatch” at 10 a.m. ET, April 26, which will focus on the lives and works of the Church’s two new saints.
 
Also, look for special spots featuring Fr. Joseph Mary and Fr. John Paul, which will air exclusively on EWTN’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/ewtnonline) and Twitter pages (www.twitter.com/ewtn), and for photos from Rome on EWTN’s Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/ewtn), which you can easily share with your friends.
 
In the week leading up to the canonization, you will also want to tune in for a cascade of specials, including an April 23rd “EWTN Live” with Papal Biographer George Weigel, as well as a slew of brand new movies, documentaries and series!
 
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