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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

EWTN Press Release- May 23, 2012


This Week on EWTN: Joan of Arc, An Unexpected Team of Women's Basketball Champions, Healing Women's Hidden Wounds, & More


Irondale, AL – Get the inside scoop! Learn the real the story behind the Cristero War and catch exclusive interviews with the cast of its inspired motion picture, “For Greater Glory.” Don’t miss “For Greater Glory: The True Story of the Cristeros” at 5:30 p.m. ET, Friday, May 25 – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Discover what it means to be a truly feminine! Alice von Hildebrand joins Host Fr. Mitch Pacwa to discuss how secular culture distorts feminism and the role and mission of women in the world. Watch “EWTN Live” at 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 23 – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Woman, Warrior and Saint: The story of Joan of Arc’s life and courageous spiritual journey is the topic of Author Siobhan Nash-Marshall’s masterful work, “A Spiritual Biography of St. Joan of Arc,” and is featured this week on “Bookmark” with Host Doug Keck. Be sure to mark your place at 9:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 27 – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

These Macs may not be big, but they’re Mighty! “Mighty Macs” Writer and Director Tim Chambers, and Actress Katie Hayek join “Life on the Rock” Hosts Fr. Mark and Doug Barry to discuss movie highlights and the inspiring true story behind the film. Don’t miss this slam dunk interview at 10 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 24 on “Life on the Rock” – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Have you checked out Crystallina Evert’s new website yet? The helpful resources and information the popular chastity speaker discussed on last week’s “Life on the Rock” can be found here: http://www.womenmadenew.com/. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Pentecost is a Feast Day, so why not celebrate it with one? Join Host Joanna Bogle as she cooks up some unique and appetizing ways to celebrate the feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost. Catch “Feasts and Seasons” at 10:30 a.m. ET Friday, May 25 – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Woman, Warrior and Saint: The story of Joan of Arc’s life and courageous spiritual journey is the topic of Author Siobhan Nash-Marshall’s masterful work, “A Spiritual Biography of St. Joan of Arc,” and is featured this week on “Bookmark” with Host Doug Keck. Be sure to mark your place at 9:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 27 – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Answering the Church’s call for New Evangelization! Fr. Benedict welcomes Deacon Sabatino Carnazzototalk about how the Institute of Catholic Culture is attempting to transform society by spreading the Faith through new and enlightening means. Watch Sunday Night Prime at 7 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 27 – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Celebrating 50 years (again)! If you happened to miss the Mass commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady of Angel’s Monastery, no worries! Catch the encore at 2:00 p.m. ET, Friday, May 25 – exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit! EWTN will be streaming Pope Benedict’s Pentecost Sunday Mass from Saint Peter’s Basilica LIVE at 3:30 a.m. ET, but don’t worry if you’re not up that early! EWTN will be presenting the encore at 12 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 27. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

EWTN: Extra! Extra! Press Release!!


EWTN: Extra! Extra!

Irondale, AL – EXTRA! EXTRA! Get the inside story on Franciscan University's bold decision to drop its student health insurance plan because of the HHS mandate on contraception/sterilization services. Fr. Terence Henry, president of Franciscan University at Stuebenville, visits "World Over" Host Raymond Arroyo at 8 p.m. ET, May 17 (tonight!) -- exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Two really cool authors visit "The World Over" on EWTN tonight! Andreas Widmer, former Pontifical Swiss Guard (!) and author of "The Pope and the CEO" will discuss faith, prosperity, and Christian leadership with Host Raymond Arroyo. Also appearing is Michael Coren, a popular Canadian columnist, television personality, and author of "Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity." Airs 8 p.m. ET, May 17 -- exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

EWTN Press Release


EWTN Takes You
Inside The Most Anticipated Movie of the Year
Our Lady of the Angels Monastery Celebrates 50 Years;
The Saint Who Hid Hunted Catholic Priests & More


Irondale, AL – EWTN is proud to present an inside look at what may be the most anticipated Catholic motion picture of the year. Don’t miss “For Greater Glory: The True Story of the Cristeros.” Airs 9 p.m. ET, Monday, May 21; 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 22; 5:30 p.m. ET, Friday, May 25; 1:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 27; 6:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, May 30; and 11 a.m. ET, Saturday, June 2 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Celebrate the 50thAnniversary of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama! The celebration begins witha Mass withBirmingham Bishop Robert J. Baker. Airs live at 9 a.m. ET, Saturday, May 19, with encores at noon and midnight. Later, join the nuns for Vespers & Benediction to commemorate this special anniversary celebration. Airs 6 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 20; 1:30 a.m. ET, Monday, May 21; 3:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 24; and 2 p.m. ET, Friday, May 25 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Bishop Lori becomes the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore. Watch his Mass of Installation at 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 16, with an encore at 12 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 17 on a special edition of EWTN’s “Cathedrals Across America.” Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

You want to change the world? Start with yourself! That’s the concept behind the spiritual classic by a 20thCentury spiritual giant, Dietrich von Hildebrand. The philosopher wrote a huge work called “Transformation in Christ,” which explains how to do this. But EWTN makes it easy for the average layperson to understand its basic principles in “Path to Holiness,” a three-part series with Host Grace MacKinnon, www.deargrace.com. Airs 3 a.m. ET and 6:30 p.m. ET, May 15-17 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

What happened during the 1932 Dublin International Eucharistic Congress which is especially relevant as we look towards the 50thCongress in Dublin this June? Find out when Fr. Charles P. Connor joins Father Mitch Pacwa on the set of “EWTN Live.” Airs 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 16 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Giving praise to God is often left behind when we want to receive praise for our accomplishments! Don’t miss this week’s “Mother Angelica Live Classic” in which she reflects on the message behind “St. Paul and the Folded Tent!” Airs 8 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 15 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Your children or grandchildren will love Author Joanna Bogle’s adorable childrens’ book, “Blessed John Paul the Great.” This eminently readable, instructive and inspiring book will wow the under-12 crowd and charm adults. Little ones will enjoy the illustrations and want to hear the story again and again. Catch Bogle’s interview with “Bookmark” Host Doug Keck at 5:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 16 – exclusively on EWTN. Then buy the book here: http://bit.ly/Jwez6u.

St. Leonardo Murialdo was an Italian priest from the 1800’s who was a tireless worker on behalf of the poor. Find out more in the half-hour documentary “Saint Leonard Murialdo, My Story.” Airs 3 a.m. ET and 6?30 p.m. ET, Friday, May 18 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

She helped hide hunted Catholic priests during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Watch the one-hour special “Saint Margaret Clitherow.” Airs 1 p.m. ET, Friday, May 18 and 5 a.m. ET, Saturday, May 19 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

How can you discern your vocation? Watch EWTN Theology Roundtable this week and find out! Airs 1 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 15, and 5 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 17 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Friday, May 11, 2012

EWTN Press Releases!!!

EWTN: Bishop Lori's Installation, Philippines' 'Roe' Moment, Fatima Extravaganza & More

Irondale, AL – Hear the story of the Philippines’ “Roe moment” as it is happening today and how you can help the cause! Watch “The Philippines: Preserving a Culture of Life.” Airs 5:30 p.m. ET, Friday, May 11 – exclusively on EWTN. Learn how Filipino bishops and pro-life leaders have united in fighting against the Reproductive Health bill – and the great success they have had thus far! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Don’t miss the Installation Mass of His Excellency William Lori as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore, the oldest Archdiocese in the United States. Airs live at 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 16, with an encore at 12 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 17 on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

You’ve probably heard of the spiritual classic, “Transformation in Christ,” by Dietrich Von Hildebrand. But you may have been a little intimidated by the intellectual prowess of this 20thCentury Catholic philosopher and his monumental work. Grace MacKinnon makes his work accessible to the average layperson in the EWTN three-part mini-series “The Path to Holiness.” Don’t miss it! Airs 3 a.m. ET and 6:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday through Thursday, May 15-17 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

How do you determine your vocation? Find out when Colin Donovan, Vice President of Theology at EWTN, and his staff discuss the theology of vocations during their next “EWTN Theology Roundtable.” Airs 10 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 13; 10 a.m. ET, Tuesday, May 15; and 5 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 17 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

It’s EWTN’s present to Mothers everywhere. Don’t miss our Mother’s Day Marathon during which we broadcast all seven episodes of Mother Angelica’s well-loved teaching series on heaven! Airs Sunday, May 13, beginning with Episode 1 at 10 a.m. ET. Other episodes follow at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. (All times Eastern.) And, of course, you can only see it on EWTN! Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

It’s a Fatima extravaganza on EWTN! May 13 is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Don’t miss “Fatima,” which follows Pope John Paul II”s travels to Fatima to thank Our Lady for sparing his life from an assassin’s bullets. Airs 3 a.m. ET and 6:30 p.m. ET, Friday, May 11 on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

It’s a Fatima extravaganza on EWTN! May 13 is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Don’t miss “Fatima, Our Hope,” a one-hour documentary about the events of Fatima and their impact on the world. Airs 1 p.m. ET, Friday, May 11 and 5 a.m. ET, Saturday, May 12 on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

It’s a Fatima extravaganza on EWTN! May 13 is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Don’t miss the two-hour feature film, “Fatima.” See the events of Fatima through the eyes of a Catholic peasant singer whose boyfriend converts from atheism by the supernatural grace of the apparitions. This is an excellent film you will not want to miss! Record it for Mother’s Day viewing at 3 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 13 on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

It’s a Fatima extravaganza on EWTN! May 13 is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Watch Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, discuss the events of Fatima, its promises and message in “Our Lady in Scripture and Tradition: Our Lady of Fatima.” This half-hour program airs 6 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 13 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Heads up ladies! Don’t miss “Mother’s Day with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen” at 5:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 13. This program will show you the important spiritual role women play in society. It’s a privilege and a responsibility! Airs 2:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 13 on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

It’s a Mother’s Day tribute brought to you by EWTN’s “Joy of Music” Host Diane Bish. Features a series of concerts paying tribute to Diane’s own mother and mothers around the world. Record it at 1:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, May 13 – exclusively on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

There’s a hill in Lithuania where Catholics defied the KGB and local puppet government during the Cold War by erecting several dozen wooden crosses. Hear the moving story in “A Hill Apart.” Airs 3 a.m. ET and 6:30 p.m. ET, Monday, May 14 on EWTN. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

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EWTN Wins Three Gabriel Awards
Including Religious Television Station of the Year


Irondale, AL – EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded three Gabriels in the 2012 Gabriel Awards Competition sponsored by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals.

Two of the Gabriels are for television programs: “Saints Alive! Saint Robert Bellarmine” (Episode 1), produced for EWTN by Arcadia Films, was awarded a Gabriel in the category of Religious – National Release; while “The Way of the Cross for Kids” was awarded a Gabriel in the category of Children’s – National Release.

A third Gabriel for “Religious Television Station of the Year” honors EWTN for its total programming and community service. EWTN shares this honor with Boston Catholic Television Center’s CatholicTV. “As a non-profit seeking to live the Catholic values we espouse, community service is especially important to the Network,” said EWTN President and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw.

EWTN operates nine television networks that broadcast 24/7 worldwide, including three (EWTN, EWTN EspaƱol, and EWTN HD), which originate in the U.S. While EWTN has a global reach, it cares very much about the local community in which it is headquartered. When tornados ravaged the Birmingham, Alabama metro area last year, Warsaw not only made a substantial contribution to Birmingham Bishop Robert J. Baker’s Tornado Relief Fund, but authorized all EWTN employees to volunteer up to three paid days of service to the community. EWTN employees helped the diocese to coordinate tornado relief efforts, cleaned up debris, distributed food, raised millions of dollars for the Bishop’s Tornado Relief Fund, and more.

Also, last year, Father Ho Lung, founder of the Missionaries of the Poor, credited the Network with bringing his work feeding, housing, and educating the poorest of the poor to the attention of the world. Father Ho Lung was awarded a 2011 Guzi Peace Prize, which is said to be the equivalent of Norway’s Nobel Prize or America’s Pulitzer Prize. A write-up of Father’s extraordinary work on the Gusi website says: “Father Ho Lung has been in the forefront of the modern media, especially the tele-evangelism of EWTN, which has offered hundreds of hours of interviews, homilies and portrayals of the mission and the vision of the mission and the vision of the Missionaries of the Poor since the year 2000. Father Ho Lung appears regularly on EWTN in the program: ‘Church and the Poor,’ witnessing to the words of Jesus: ‘Whatever you did to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it unto Me’ (Mt. 25:40).”

The Gabriel Awards, which are open to all television and radio stations and producers in the U.S. and Canada, will be presented Thursday, June 21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. According to the Catholic Academy, “the single most important criterion of a Gabriel winning film or program is its ability to uplift and nourish the human spirit. A Gabriel-worthy film or program affirms the dignity of human persons; it recognizes and upholds universally-recognized human values such as community, creativity, tolerance, justice, compassion and the dedication to excellence.”

Said Warsaw: “We are honored that the Catholic Academy has recognized EWTN for upholding such values.”

EWTN may be watched or listened to live via cable or satellite (www.ewtn.com/channelfinder), streaming audio or video on the Intranet (http://origin.ewtn.com/audiovideo/index.asp), shortwave (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/freq.htm), EWTN mobile (http://www.ewtn.com/mobi/), on the EWTN Radio Network via our affiliates (http://www.ewtn.com/radio/amfm.htm), or on satellite radio (http://www.sirius.com/ewtn).

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 30th year, is available in over 200 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.

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Bishop Robert Morlino on Georgetown & Sebelius,
Obama & Gay Marriage, & the Paul Ryan Budget

Irondale, AL – Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin Bishop Robert Morlino, who is the local bishop of Rep. Paul Ryan, appeared on EWTN’s "The World Over" last night to discuss the Ryan budget, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' invitation to speak at Georgetown University, Obama and gay marriage, and more. See an excerpt here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLGSIayZc94&feature=youtu.be



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Friday, May 4, 2012

7 Common Misunderstandings About What Catholics Believe

There are certain incorrect ideas and misunderstandings about what Catholics actually believe. Sometimes Catholics themselves are confused by ideas they have heard. Other times a Catholic may simply not have learned a belief through no fault of their own. Often non-Catholic sources teach the wrong thing about what Catholics really believe. The following are some misunderstandings and false ideas that people may think:

1. FALSE: Catholics pray to statues and worship saints

TRUE: Catholics never pray to statues and never worship saints. They pray to God with the saint. The statue is nothing more than a work of art, no different from a painting, photograph, or pencil drawing. Catholics may use these works of art in either of three ways:

1. As a teaching tool for teaching a religious event or idea by illustration.

2. As an inspiration to follow the example of the person depicted in the work of art because they are such a great example of how humans can follow the example of Christ.

3. As a means of focusing one’s mind on a saint, their virtue and holiness, as an aid to prayer.

When Catholics “pray to saints” what they are really doing is asking the saint to pray to God with them for their intention e.g. a man doing home remodeling in his home may pray to St Joseph the carpenter to ask Joseph to pray with him to God for guidance and strength to do the job well. It is essentially having the saint as a prayer partner.


2. FALSE: The pope and bishops can change anything they want in the Catholic Church.

TRUE: The pope and bishops cannot change a single item of Catholic beliefs. They can change only what we do about those beliefs, how those beliefs are acted upon, and how they are taught. They can clarify existing beliefs, but the beliefs themselves they cannot change.

3. FALSE: The pope can establish new beliefs in the church

TRUE: The pope can clarify and ratify existing beliefs, i.e. make them official, but he can do this only under certain conditions. This has been done only twice in 2000 years.

Those conditions are:


The belief must have existed since the early days of the church

The belief cannot contradict or restrict any already existing belief

There must be a biblical basis for the belief

The belief must be meaningful to all cultures, not contrary to any culture, and practicable among Catholics in all countries.


4. FALSE: Church councils create new beliefs or change beliefs in the church

TRUE:
Like the Pope, church councils can only clarify and ratify existing beliefs. They may change what we do with those beliefs. They cannot change the beliefs themselves nor create new ones. When church councils clarify and explain beliefs, the Pope, who is always an active bishop, must be a participant and the same conditions apply to the councils of bishops as apply to the Pope.


5. FALSE: Right and wrong are determined by our conscience. Therefore if you always act in accordance with your conscience you will never sin.


TRUE: Right are wrong were determined by God through eternal law long before humans were ever created. Attempting to decide right and wrong ourselves is the effect of original sin and leads to multiple sins. We must always act on Gods idea of right and wrong, not our own.

The right to use our conscience is contingent upon our conscience being correctly formed. If our conscience is not correctly formed, then we have no right to use it. A correctly formed conscience is one that is aligned with God’s knowledge of right and wrong. Our conscience is correctly formed by the development of virtue. Each person has a responsibility to correctly form their own conscience. Since the teachings of the church come from God, disagreement with the teachings of the church is disagreement with God and therefore evidence of an incorrectly formed conscience.

6. FALSE: Catholics believe that charms, medals, etc, can help you to heaven

TRUE: Religious medals, scapulars, blessed images, etc are only aids to faith. They serve as practical and personal reminders of our faith, identify people as Catholics, and also serve the same purposes as other religious art. While there have been private revelations to saints about certain images and medals, their effectiveness comes from gifts of grace from God himself, as well as the grace and faith of the person who wears or uses them, and certainly not from the object itself.

7. FALSE: Catholics believe life on earth is a test or challenge by which you earn your way to heaven

TRUE: Heaven is not a reward. It is our default destination. We are created to go there. The Catholic Church teaches that people are created to “know, love, and serve” God on earth and “to be happy with him in heaven”. Knowing, loving, and serving God are simply the means by which we carry on his work. Therefore life on earth is our opportunity to apply our knowledge, love, and obedience to God, so that we can carry on his work for a while here on earth. Then, when our earthly time is finished, we will have eternal life in total happiness with God in heaven. This is the reason for our existence. It is what we are created to do. It is not a reward, but a fulfillment of God’s purpose for creating us. Whenever we sin, we turn our backs to God’s purpose for creating us and in doing so we hinder our own fulfillment. Thus, sin is not merely a rejection of God’s rules of conduct, but a rejection of eternal life in heaven. Therefore sin leads us to the alternative, which is eternity in hell.

-written by Deacon Ron (Contributor)-
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